Toledo Battles Ball State to 2-2 Double Over
Published: October 23, 2013
MUNCIE , IN – Toledo battled Ball State to a 2-2 double overtime draw in Friday’s Mid-American Conference action at the Briner Sports Complex. With the tie, the Rockets’ record moves to 5-9-1 overall, 2-4-1 in the league.
UT received goals from sophomore Kika Hernandez and senior Rachel MacLeod to help extend its unbeaten streak to three straight contests (2-0-1 record) against the MAC West Division rival Cardinals (9-4-2, 4-2-1 MAC). Hernandez was credited with her first marker of the year, while MacLeod registered her squad-best 11th goal, tied for third most in school history in a single season.
“Tonight’s match was exciting, and I’m proud of the way we battled a good BSU team,” Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. “We were a bit unfortunate hitting the underside of the crossbar twice after tying the contest. That being said, though, we weren’t as potent in overtime.”
Hernandez opened the scoring when she beat BSU goalie Brooke Dennis on a follow up shot at the 14:36 mark in the first half. The play was started on a long pass off the foot of junior Kirsten Catloth into the Ball State goal box. The Cardinals’ keeper got a hand on the ball but was unable to corral it. Hernandez was in the right position to knock home the deflection to give the visitors the early lead.
UT’s lead lasted until the waning moments in the first half when Ball State’s Michelle Blok knotted the score at 1-1 with her fourth tally of the season at 42:44. The Cardinals’ reserve midfielder blasted home a rebound shot in front of the Toledo net to draw the teams even at the intermission.
Less than one minute later, Ball State earned a penalty kick after a Toledo foul was called in the box, but BSU’s Kelsey Shapiro’s attempt sailed over the frame.
The Cardinals then claimed the lead in the division showdown following Gabby Veldman’s first goal of the year at 62:51. Veldman successfullyblasted home a rebound shot to give the home team its first advantage. Teammate Jasmine Moses was credited with the assist on the play.
The Rockets fought back and took advantage of MacLeod’s goal at the 75:23 mark to tie the score at 2-2 and force overtime. The Westerville, OH native beat the BSU keeper on the right side of the net to extend play for the first time this fall.
The home team had the best opportunities to score in extended time, but UT sophomore netminder Sam Tiongson was there to stop three shots. BSU’s Maimee Morris fired two shots on the goal, but Tiongson saved both along with a diving stop off the foot of Leah Mattingly in the closing seconds.
Ball State finished with a 24-19 edge in shots, while Toledo held a sizable 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. MacLeod was over the pitch in a season-high 95 minutes of action and paced the four-time league tourney champions with a collegiate-best 10 shots. A total of 10 BSU players had a shot in the match, including a team-high six by Morris.
In between the posts, Tiongson went the distance and was called upon to make a career-best 12 stops.
“Sam came up huge with about 10 seconds left in the second overtime to preserve the point and she was strong throughout the match,” Evans said.
The Rockets return to action on Sunday, Oct. 20 when they travel to Oxford to take on reigning MAC regular-season and tournament champion Miami. The opening whistle is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the Miami Soccer Field.
TOLEDO 2, Ball State 2 (2OT)
UT: A. Hernandez (K. Catloth), 14:36
BSU: M. Blok (Unassisted), 42:44
BSU: G. Veldeman (J. Moses), 62:51
UT: R. MacLeod (Unassisted), 75:23
SHOTS: UT 19, BSU 24
CORNER KICKS: UT 9, BSU 3
SAVES: UT 13, BSU 5