Broncos Defeat Falcons in Championship Game

Sunday afternoon in front of a reported crowd of 512, the Broncos men's soccer team followed up the women's MAC Championship with one of their own. Not only did the defeat the Falcons to win the MAC Championship they did so in convincing fashion by pitching a 5-0 shutout.

Forward Jeff Hughes paced the Broncos by scoring twice including the game winning goal. Just 6:18 into the game Hughes put the only goal the Broncos would need in the net.

If there was a star of the game it would have to be goal keeper Brent Miller. Miller stopped all five shots he faced.

Despite putting 10 shots on goal, the Broncos registered a total of 32 shots to the Falcons' 18 shots. Both teams had 5 corner kicks, but the Broncos had 14 fouls to the Falcons' 12 fouls.

The Broncos Edgar Rivera came in off the bench to provide the Broncos a two-point performance of his own. Rivera assisted on the Broncos third goal by Teixeira Giuliano. He also scored an unassisted goal, the final goal of the game, at the 84:18 mark of the contest.

Defenseman Bill McLellan scored the Broncos fourth goal at 36:25 in the first half.

Before the presentation of the MAC Championship trophy, the All-MAC Tournament Team was announced. Bowling Green had 3 players named to the team; forward Sean McGarity, forward Dustin Snyder and defenseman Matt Martinka. The Broncos had the most players named to the All-MAC Tournament Team with four; Miller, defenseman Pat Wilson, Teixeira and defenseman Travis Waters.

Prior to this season's tournament the Broncos had just 2 wins in 10 games in previous tournaments; a 2-0 win over Central Michigan in the 1994 tournament and a 2-1 win over Akron in the 1999 tournament.

The Broncos received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament but won't find out who and where they will play until Monday. The tournament selection will be announced at 4pm on ESPNews.

Broncos Illustrated Top Stories