FALCONS vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN – Friday, Nov. 9 – MAC Tournament SF
• 2:30 p.m. | Disk Dlesk Soccer Stadium | Morgantown, W.Va.
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• The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team, after closing the regular season with an emphatic win, heads to Morgantown, W.Va., for the 2018 Mid-American Conference Tournament. Head coach Eric Nichols
and the Falcons, the tournament's number-two seed, face third-seeded Western Michigan University on Friday afternoon (Nov. 9). Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on the West Virginia University campus.
LAST TIME OUT: SENIOR NIGHT SUCCESS
• On Senior Night at Cochrane Stadium, the Falcons played one of the team's most complete matches of the season, posting a 2-0 victory over SIUE Saturday night (Nov. 3). All four seniors played a key role in the win.
• Senior Ebenezer Ackon
headed home a corner kick from Tate Robertson
with just 13 seconds left before halftime. The goal proved to be Ackon's first game-winning goal as a Falcon.
• Early in the second half, Robertson – also a senior – played a nifty through-ball to senior Peter Pugliese
, and Pugliese banked a shot off the far post and in. The goal was the first of his collegiate career.
• The Falcons' fourth senior, Moe Mustafa
, joined Ackon on the back line for the entire match, and helped limit the Cougars to just one shot on goal all night.
THE FALCONS IN THE MAC TOURNAMENT
• BGSU enters Friday's WMU match with an overall record of 18-16-0 in the MAC Tournament. The Falcons are 9-7-0 in neutral-site tourney matches through the years, and BGSU is 9-5-0 in the semifinal round.
• BG qualified for the MAC Tournament in each of the first 15 years in which it was held (1994-2008), and also advanced to the tourney in 2010, '12 and '14. The Falcons are 6-5-0 in the quarterfinals, and BG is 3-6-0 in the championship round. Friday will mark BGSU's first-ever tourney match played in Morgantown.
• BGSU won three-straight league tourney titles from 1995-97. That was part of a run in which the Brown and Orange advanced to the championship match in five consecutive seasons between 1994 and '98. A complete match-by-match list of BGSU's league tourney results can be found on page 11 of these notes.
FALCONS VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN IN THE MAC TOURNAMENT
• BGSU enters Friday's match with a record of 1-3-0 vs. Western Michigan in the MAC Tournament. The Falcons have met the Broncos just once in the semifinal round, and that was the teams' most recent league tourney meeting, in 2010. That year, Western came away with a 1-0 win in Akron.
• Each of the other three MAC Tournament meetings took place in Kalamazoo. The Broncos downed the Falcons, 5-0, in the 2003 final, and WMU picked up a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals two years later. The following year (2006), the sixth-seeded Falcons pulled off a 2-1 upset of the number-three Broncos.
A FEW THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FALCONS
• BGSU enters the WMU match with a record of 6-6-4 on the season, and the Falcons finished the regular season with a record of 2-1-2 in MAC play. BG, picked to finish fifth in the six-team conference, finished second and earned a first-round bye for the league tourney.
• BGSU has finished second in the MAC for the second time in three seasons.
• The Falcons began the season winning just one of the first eight matches. But, after that 1-5-2 start, BGSU has gone 5-1-2 over the last eight contests.
• BGSU put together a six-match unbeaten streak, the program's longest since 1997, before suffering a narrow 3-2 loss at West Virginia (Oct. 26). But, the Falcons bounced back with Saturday's (Nov. 3) 2-0 win over SIUE at Cochrane Stadium.
• During the six-match unbeaten streak, four consecutive contests went to overtime, including a scoreless draw with Akron (Oct. 6) and road wins vs. IUPUI (3-2; Oct. 9) and Northern Illinois (2-1; Oct. 13). BG tied WMU, 1-1, at Cochrane (Oct. 20) before going to Cincinnati and closing out the non-conference schedule with a 2-0 win (Oct. 23).
• The Falcons went 2-2-3 at home, and BGSU is 4-4-1 on the road. BG has scored 22 goals and allowed 23 this season to date. The Falcons have scored two or more goals in seven of the last nine contests.
• The aforementioned 1-5-2 start did include a scoreless draw with Wright State. That result has proven to be more impressive as time has passed, as the Raiders are now 13-2-2 and ranked 18th in the nation.
• Senior Tate Robertson
leads the Falcons with 19 points, and has been involved in the scoring of 15 of BGSU's 22 goals this fall. Robertson has four goals, including two game-winning goals, and 11 assists. He leads BG in assists and points, and is tied for the team lead in GWG and second in goals.
• Fellow senior Ebenezer Ackon
has 11 points on the year, including a team-leading five goals. Ackon headed home a Robertson corner kick for the game-winning goal vs. SIUE.
• Another senior, Peter Pugliese
, scored BG's second goal in the SIUE match (on another Robertson assist). Pugliese and sophomores Chris Sullivan
and Vinny Worner
all have seven points on the year. Pugliese has five assists to rank second on the team behind Robertson, while Sullivan and Worner each have two goals and three helpers.
• Senior Moe Mustafa
and junior Charlie Maciejewski
each have five points this season, while freshman Jensen Lukacsko
• Maciejewski scored overtime winners in back-to-back road matches, vs. IUPUI and NIU. 'Charlile Magic' is the first Falcon with two Golden Goals in a season since 2014.
• Junior Anthony Mwembia
has played all 16 matches in goal, and has 50 total saves, four shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.35.
• In MAC games only, Ackon led the team with three goals and seven points, while Robertson had a BG-best four assists. Mwembia had two clean sheets and a GAA of just 0.91 in conference contests.
• In BG's 16 matches this fall, the Falcons have been shut out five times, scored one goal on two occasions, and scored two or more goals nine times – including in three-straight games and in seven of the last nine contests.
• Three different Falcons have started all 16 games this fall. That list includes Mwembia, Robertson and sophomore Zach Buescher
. A total of 16 Falcons have made at least one start this season, and 13 different players have started at least nine matches to date.
• Mwembia has been on the pitch for every second of every match so far, while Buescher has played 1506 of the 1538-plus minutes. Mustafa (1458), Robertson (1448) and Sullivan (1396) are close behind.
ROBERTSON'S ON A ROLL
• Senior Tate Robertson
was involved in the scoring of both goals in Saturday's win over SIUE, with a corner kick that found the head of Ebenezer Ackon
and a nifty through-ball to Peter Pugliese
. Robertson now has totals of four goals, 11 assists and 19 points, and he leads the team in each of the latter two categories.
• Robertson has been directly involved in the scoring of 15 of BGSU's 22 goals this fall, including 11 of the Falcons' last 15.
• The total of 11 assists is the highest by a Falcon since Jason Began also had 11 helpers back in 1997. Robertson is tied with Began and Kyle Royer (1988) for eighth on the single-season assists list.
• In his BGSU career, Robertson now has totals of 22 assists and 38 points. He leads all active Falcons in both categories, and has moved into a tie for 10th place on the BGSU career assists list.
• Robertson has had four two-assist games in his career, and all four have come this season.
• BGSU came away with a result in five of this season's seven home matches, with two wins and three ties so far in 2018. The Falcons went 5-2-1 at home last fall, and BG is now 12-4-8 at Cochrane Stadium since the start of the 2016 season. BGSU has outscored the opposition, 37-19, in those 24 matches.
• Since the start of the 2014 season, BGSU has a record of 24-8-9 at Cochrane. The Falcons went 6-2-0 at home in 2015 and 6-2-1 in '14.
• The Falcons have outscored the opponents, 81-32, at Cochrane, dating to the final home game of the 2013 season. BG has scored at least two goals in 25 of the 42 home matches in that time, with three or more goals in 11 of those games.
SENIOR NIGHT SUCCESS
• All four seniors – Ebenezer Ackon
, Moe Mustafa
, Peter Pugliese
and Tate Robertson
– played major roles in the Falcons' 2-0 win over SIUE on Senior Night. The Falcons are now 5-3-2 in Senior Day/Night matches at Cochrane Stadium since Eric Nichols
became head coach, and BG is unbeaten in the last six such games, outscoring opponents by a 10-3 count in those six contests.
• BGSU's win at Cincinnati was the Falcons' first multiple-goal victory of the season, and BG has now posted two such wins in the last three matches.
• Prior to the UC game, BG's last two-goal win was a 3-1 victory over Northern Illinois on Oct. 28, 2017.
• The UC match was the Falcons' first multi-goal win on the road since a 2-0 triumph at Penn on Sept. 3, 2017.
• Western Michigan enters the BGSU match with an overall record of 10-5-3, and the Broncos went 1-1-2 in the MAC. Western topped Northern Illinois (2-1), lost to West Virginia (also 2-1) and tied SIUE and BGSU (both 1-1) in league regular-season matches. Most recently, the Broncos posted a come-from-behind, 3-1 win over NIU in Tuesday's (Nov. 6) MAC Tournament quarterfinal round. WMU is 8-2-1 at home and 2-3-2 on the road this year. Cameron Sipple leads the team in goals (six), assists (four) and points (16), while seven of his teammates have between six and nine points. Lukas Von Lienen has started 13 of the team's 18 games in goal, and has 39 saves and a GAA of 0.93. Last year, coach Chad Wiseman's team went 17-4-1 overall and a perfect 5-0-0 in the MAC, and WMU advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Round of 16.
• BGSU leads Western Michigan, 28-17-5, in the all-time series between the teams, and the clubs battled to a 1-1 draw in this year's regular-season meeting, on an apocalyptic night at Cochrane Stadum (Oct. 20). BG is 16-4-4 at home, 11-12-1 on the road and 1-1-0 in neutral-site meetings with the Broncos through the years.
DOWN THE ROAD...
• The BGSU-WMU survivor will advance to Sunday's (Nov. 11) MAC Tournament championship match to face either top-seeded (and 12th-ranked) West Virginia or fourth-seeded Akron.
• UA faces WVU in Friday's second semifinal match in Morgantown, with that contest scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
• Sunday's final is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. All three of this weekend's matches are slated to be streamed via ESPN3.com..
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