Soccer 'Buffaloed' Again in MAC Postseason Tournament Semifinal
For the second straight year, the University at Buffalo gained the
ultimate revenge for a regular-season loss by knocking the Northern
Illinois University mens soccer team out of the Mid-American
Conference Postseason Tournament.
The No. 3-seeded
Bulls scored early and just before the end in order to post a 2-0
triumph over the No. 2-seeded Huskies in the first of two semifinal
contests played Friday (Nov. 11) night at the University of Akrons
Lee Jackson Field. Akron the nations No. 1-rated squad
and the tourneys top seed as the regular season MAC champ
had no trouble advancing past No. 4 seed Western Michigan
University (9-9-2) with a 5-0 shutout. The Zips now hope for an
encore to last years league title match when UA (17-1-1) and
Buffalo (14-3-1) meet in Sundays championship.
Illinois which knocked Buffalo out of the top 25 poll with
a 1-0 victory back on Oct. 23 the season ends with an 11-6-2
ledger. On the positive side, it is the second consecutive double-digit
victory campaign for third-year coach Steve Simmons who engineered
the nations second-best turnaround when the 2004 crew finished
12-7-0 after having been 3-13-2 in his debut campaign.
for a lack of effort today because we certainly left it all on the
field. In the end we just werent accurate enough, Simmons
stated. Its very disappointing to have your season come
to a finish, but the boys played real hard and weve still
got a lot of positives to hang our hats on.
Buffalo managed to get on the board just 7:38 into the match on
an Andrae Clark header that was et up by Greg Galemore and Erik
changed the game in that it meant we were chasing them from then
on. We had our opportunities and even increased the pressure in
the second half, Simmons noted. But our passes were
just a little off the mark or our free kicks were just a little
off, and in a semifinal between two good teams, that can be enough.
Buffalo was real solid on that goal, but most of the match was played
in the middle or at their end.
Indeed the second-half
stats reflected that fact with NIUs 10-7 advantage in overall
attempts being a result of an 8-5 edge for the second 45 minutes.
The Huskies also had a 4-0 second-half tally for corner kicks after
UB took just one in the opening half.
Illinois pressing forward trying to net the equalizer, Buffalo was
able to capitalize on a breakaway opportunity with just 2:38 left
to be played with a Jaanimagi rebound goal that was set up by Sola
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