Broncos Beat Ohio

KALAMAZOO - Western Michigan remained unbeaten in league play and ran its winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over Ohio in Mid-American Conference action at the WMU Soccer Complex. The Bobcats are defending MAC regular season champions.

Ohio (3-7-0, 1-3-0 MAC) staked an early lead when Maggie Rojas-Alford knocked home a loose ball in the box just seven minutes into the game.

WMU responded in the 23rd minute on Thalia Playford's team-leading fifth goal of the season. Playford received a pass from Chelsea McNally and slid it past GK Melissa Parra.

Katie Ruzinsky provided the game-winning goal in the second half, heading the ball into the net off a cross from Lisa Witt. Chantal Robinson assisted on the play and became the school's career assist leader in the process, picking up her 28th helper.

"It was a game of two different halves," said WMU coach Mike Haines. "The first half was more wide open while the second half was more defensive * we were better organized in the back and I though did a good job of defending their corner kicks."

The Broncos (6-4-1, 4-0-0) , who have outscored their opponents 11-2 during the win streak, travel to Buffalo (Oct. 7) and Kent State (Oct. 9) this week.

                             Soccer Box Score (Final)
               Ohio vs Western Michigan (10-02-05 at Kalamazoo, MI)
 
 
 Ohio (3-7-0/1-3-0) vs.                                      Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Western Michigan (6-4-1/4-0-0)                              -------------------------------
 Date: 10-02-05      Attendance: 143                         Ohio................  1  0 -  1
 Weather: sunny, 70 degrees                                  Western Michigan....  2  0 -  2
 
 Ohio                                                    Western Michigan
 Pos ## Player                Sh SOG  G  A               Pos ## Player                Sh SOG  G  A
 ------------------------------------------              ------------------------------------------
 G   30 PARRA, Melissa......   -   -  -  -               G   1  PERZ, Kate..........   -   -  -  -
 MF  5  YOUNG, Danielle.....   -   -  -  -               MF  2  ROGERS, Stacy.......   2   -  -  -
 F   6  HORVATH, Tiffany....   1   -  -  -               MF  6  WHITE, Laura........   3   -  -  -
 MF  7  SCHMITT, Erika......   5   1  -  -               F   7  PLAYFORD, Thalia....   6   3  1  -
 D   12 WARREN, Alyssa......   1   -  -  -               MF  8  RUZINSKY, Katie.....   1   1  1  -
 MF  16 SWITZER, Amy........   1   -  -  -               D   11 MCNALLY, Chelsea....   1   -  -  1
 D   17 NAJJAR, Larissa.....   2   1  -  -               D   16 MCINTYRE, Valerie...   -   -  -  -
 F   22 ROJAS-ALFORD, Maggie   4   1  1  -               D   20 ROBINSON, Chantal...   2   -  -  1
 D   23 WILLIAMS, Sara......   1   1  -  1               D   21 CARPENTIER, Ashleigh   -   -  -  -
 F   26 MERRITT, Sarah......   3   -  -  -               MF  22 TYLER, Andrea.......   3   -  -  -
 MF  27 PRICE, Lindsey......   1   -  -  -               F   24 JOHNSON, Stephanie..   1   -  -  -
      ---------- Substitutes ----------                       ---------- Substitutes ----------
     8  MINK, Courtney......   -   -  -  -                   3  MARSH, Mandi........   1   -  -  -
     10 ZIMMERMAN, Alyssa...   2   -  -  -                   4  NELSON, Cassandra...   2   -  -  -
     14 MERCHANT, Elyse.....   -   -  -  -                   10 SWEINBERG, Nicole...   -   -  -  -
     15 FLEDDERJOHN, Kate...   1   -  -  -                   17 COOK, Tara..........   1   -  -  -
     18 DIETZ, Erika........   -   -  -  -                   19 WITT, Lisa..........   -   -  -  1
     25 BROOMFIELD, Callie..   -   -  -  -                      Totals..............  23   4  2  3
        Totals..............  22   4  1  1
 
 Ohio                                                    Western Michigan
 ## Player                 MIN  GA Saves                 ## Player                 MIN  GA Saves
 ---------------------------------------                 ---------------------------------------
 30 PARRA, Melissa......  90:00  2     2                 1  PERZ, Kate..........  90:00  1     3
 
 Shots by period       1  2  Tot                         Saves by period       1  2  Tot
 -------------------------------                         -------------------------------
 Ohio................  9 13 - 22                         Ohio................  1  1 -  2
 Western Michigan.... 13 10 - 23                         Western Michigan....  1  2 -  3
 
 Corner kicks          1  2  Tot                         Fouls                 1  2  Tot
 -------------------------------                         -------------------------------
 Ohio................  3  5 -  8                         Ohio................  8  7 - 15
 Western Michigan....  1  0 -  1                         Western Michigan....  7 10 - 17
 
 
 SCORING SUMMARY:
 GOAL   Time Team     Goal Scorer              Assists                                  Description
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1.    6:40 OU       ROJAS-ALFORD, Maggie (3) WILLIAMS, Sara                           Finishes a rebound in front of net
  2.   23:55 WMU      PLAYFORD, Thalia (5)     MCNALLY, Chelsea                         Low shot to the left of GK
  3.   37:59 WMU      RUZINSKY, Katie (3)      WITT, Lisa; ROBINSON, Chantal            Header in the box off a cross
 
 
 CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:
 YC-WMU #24 (65:45); YC-WMU #7 (75:36)
 
 Officials: Referee: Ben Trevino; Asst. Referee: Doug Ferguson; Nikola Zdjelar;
 Timekeeper: Matt Kulik; Scorer: Daniel Jankowski;
 Offsides: Ohio 2, Western Michigan 3.
 WMU Soccer Complex
 Mid-American Conference match

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