Sophomore Anthony Mwembia
made eight saves, and classmate Charlie Maciejewski
scored his first collegiate goal late in the second half, but the host University of Akron scored early in overtime for a 2-1 win over the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team Saturday night (Oct. 21). The Mid-American Conference match was held at UA's FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
With the win, the 19th-ranked Zips improve to 10-3-1 on the season and 2-1-0 in MAC play. The Falcons drop to 6-7-1 and 0-2-1, respectively.
The Falcons were forced to play two men down for the final two-plus minutes of regulation and the overtime, but Maciejewski beat two UA defenders and neatly placed a ball through the legs of UA goalkeeper Tor Saunders with just 1:55 remaining in regulation.
But, the Zips' Ezana Kahsay scored just 29 seconds into the extra session to give the hosts the victory. Nick Hinds scored UA's other goal early in the second period.
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- 5' – The Falcons were able to string 11 passes together, beginning with an Anthony Mwembia punt, before the Zips knocked away a left-side cross with almost exactly five minutes gone.
- 12' – A foul was called on BG deep in the Falcons' defensive end, just outside the penalty area, but off of the ensuing free kick, Mwembia grabbed a bicycle-kick attempt by Joao Moutinho, and the Zips were called for a foul just after the sophomore 'keeper secured the ball.
- 15' – Off of a long serve from near midfield by senior Brad Macomber, junior Ebenezer Ackon got his head on the ball as UA 'keeper Tor Saunders came off of his line. But, Ackon's shot went wide of the far post.
- 20' – Akron's Faisal Ghaffur collected the ball just outside the box, but junior Moe Mustafa blocked his shot attempt in the penalty area.
- 27' – UA's Joe Korb received a through ball behind the BG defense, and Mwembia came off of his line to force Korb wide. Korb fired a shot from the right side, but Ackon made a great sliding play to knock the shot off of the goal line.
- 28' – After a foul on the Zips, junior Tate Robertson played a low free kick to sophomore Chris Brennan in the penalty area. Brennan took a touch and fired a shot that went just wide of the near post, hitting the outside netting of the goal from approximately 12 yards out.
- 38' – The Zips threatened, but Mwembia made a nice save on a Nick Hinds effort. Then, off of the corner kick, Moutinho's shot was blocked and Ezana Kahsay's cross went through the box.
- 40' – A free kick by the Zips squirted through, but Mwembia made a spectacular save, punching the ball off of the line, and David Egbo's follow-up try sailed well over the bar.
- 51' – Mwembia made a save on Sam Gainford's shot from dead center, just outside the box. It was UA's third shot, but first shot on goal, of the half.
- 53' – BG put together several passes, and freshman Chris Sullivan fired a ball into the box. Senior Alexis Souahy got his head on it, but the redirection sailed high.
- 55' – Mwembia made a diving save of a Gainford shot from approximately 25 yards out, and the Falcons cleared the ball away.
- 57' – Brennan blocked a Saunders clearing attempt near the end line, but the ball sailed out of bounds for a UA goal kick.
- 58' – Mwembia made a great diving effort to tip Gainford's shot wide of the far post, and the Falcons successfully dealt with back-to-back UA corners.
- 72' – A left-side cross by Gainford was just out of the reach of a lunging Stuart Holthusen at the far post.
- 76' – Back-to-back fouls on the Zips were followed by Robertson's free kick from midfield, but the ball was gathered in by Saunders.
- 78' – Hinds gave the Zips a 1-0 lead with 12:23 left in the second half, taking a through ball from Manuel Cordeiro and placing his shot just inside the far post. Cordeiro and Gainford were credited with assists on the goal.
- 84' – Senior Keaton Reynolds capped a long run with a shot from the left side of the box. The shot was deflected by some part of Moutinho's body and caromed wide of the net. The Falcons pleaded for a handball call on the play, but a corner kick was awarded, and the Zips eventually cleared the ball out of the danger area.
- 88' – With 2:24 to go in regulation, Brennan was shown a red card after vying for a ball with Moutinho. In the ensuing kerfuffle, Reynolds also was assessed a red card, leaving the Falcons two men down.
- 89' – Undeterred by the two-man disadvantage, the Falcons equalized, as Charlie Maciejewski scored his first career goal with just 1:55 remaining, after Souahy's flick-on found the sophomore on the right side of the box. He split a pair of defenders, getting around Moutinho, then cut the ball to his left and hit a low shot that went through the legs of Saunders and into the net. Souahy had the lone assist on the play.
- 89' – A shot by Moutinho was headed out of the box by Mustafa with 1:28 to go.
- 90' – After a foul on BG, the referee stopped the clock with eight seconds remaining. Moutinho's shot was headed toward the lower-left-hand corner of the goal, but Mwembia made a diving save.
- 91' – Kahsay gave the Zips the win just 29 seconds into overtime. Gainford found Nate Shultz, who in turn found Holthusen on the right side of the box. Just before reaching the end line, Holthusen cut the ball back to Kahsay, who hit a one-timer that found the net and gave UA the victory.
- The Zips outshot the Falcons, 21-7, on the night. Joao Moutinho led the way with six total shots, including three on goal.
- The Falcons were led by junior Ebenezer Ackon. Ackon, playing in just his second match as a Falcon, had three of BG's seven shots, putting one on goal.
- The Zips committed 14 fouls to BGSU's 13.
- Sophomore Anthony Mwembia made eight saves for the Falcons, while BG was also credited with one 'team save' as Ackon cleared a first-half UA shot off the line.
- UA's Tor Saunders stopped one of the two shots on goal he faced.
- Sophomore Charlie Maciejewski's goal was the first of his BGSU career. He now has three career points, all coming in 2017. Maciejewski's first-ever point came in another OT match, BG's win over Duquesne at Cochrane Stadium in late September.
- Senior Alexis Souahy's assist was his second of the season and the fifth of his BG career. He now has 15 points on five goals and the five helpers during his two-plus years with the Brown and Orange.
- Sophomore Anthony Mwembia made eight save to tie his career best. He also had eight stops in another OT match in Northeast Ohio, last season's win at Cleveland State.
FOLLOW THE FALCONS
- The Falcons return home for the next two matches, beginning with a Tuesday (Oct. 24) contest vs. Fort Wayne. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Cochrane Stadium, and as always, admission is free.
- Then, the Brown and Orange will close the home portion of the schedule with a Saturday (Oct. 28) match vs. Northern Illinois. That contest also is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., and it will be "Senior Night" at Cochrane, with the Falcons' seniors recognized prior to the match.