Soccer Falls At Home To Northern Illinois On Sunday, 2-0

Carissima Cutrona

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (3-5-1, 1-1-0 MAC) was handed their first Mid-American Conference loss of the season on a steamy Sunday afternoon at Ub Stadium by the visiting Northern Illinois Huskies, 2-0. Despite holding the 21-12 edge in shots, the Bulls fell behind a pair of second half goals by the Huskies.

The Basics

  • Score: Buffalo 0, Northern Illinois 2
  • Records: Buffalo (3-5-1, 1-1-0 MAC), Northern Illinois (5-3-1, 2-0-0 MAC)
  • NIU Goal Scorers: Taylor Sarver (3), Natalie Yass (1)
  • NIU Assist: Kelsey Chope (1)
  • Location: UB Stadium – Buffalo, NY
  • Attendance: 121

Starting Lineups

How It Happened

  • Julia Benati had the first scoring chance of the match in the fifth minute as she ripped a shot towards the upper right corner of the net that just sailed wide.
  • In the 8th minute, Gianna Yurchak put a hard shot on target but the NIU keeper made the diving stop to poke the ball over the cross bar.
  • The Huskies had their first scoring chance of the match in the 10th minute as Allie Ingham created some space and took a shot that soared just over the cross bar and out of play.
  • Gianna Yuchak had another chance for her first career goal in the 15th minute as she ripped a shot from distance that drifted just wide left of the upper corner.
  • Laura Dougall came up with the save of the match in the 18th minute to keep the game scoreless as Kyleigh Dominguez raced in on the breakaway but Dougall made the kick save to prevent the goal.
  • Buffalo almost opened the scoring in the 25th minute as Adrianna VanCuyck played a great ball in to a streaking Carissima Cutrona who tried to chip the ball over the attacking keeper but Amy Annala was able to get a piece of the shot and prevent the goal.
  • The Huskies opened the scoring in the 48th minute of play as Kelsey Chope blocked a pass forward to Taylor Sarver who broke in alone and beat Laura Dougall to the left corner of the net.
  • Buffalo tried to respond quickly in the 50th minute but Carissima Cutrona saw her shot destined for the left corner saved by the diving keeper.
  • Kara Daly fed Gianna Yurchak in the 52nd minute but her shot just missed the right corner and went out of play.
  • The Huskies made the score 2-0 in the 53rd minute of play as Buffalo committed a foul in the box to give NIU a penalty kick. On the ensuing kick, Natalie Yass converted as she beat Laura Dougall to the upper right corner.
  • In the 55th minute, Carissima Cutrona ripped a low hard shot that was snagged by the diving NIU keeper.
  • Carissima Cutrona nearly potted a goal in the 63rd minute but her spinning shot attempt after a nice feed by Kaitlyn Walsh just missed the upper left corner of the goal.
  • In the 76th minute, Julia Benati broke in and took a hard shot that was saved by the diving NIU keeper to her right.

Inside The Numbers

  • Buffalo had their season-long shutout streak snapped at 250 minutes when the Huskies scored in the 48th minute of play on Sunday.
  • The Bulls held the 21-12 edge in shots and the 5-2 lead in corner kicks in the loss.
  • Carissima Cutrona led all players with a season-high eight shots, five on goal, in the loss while Julia Benati notched five shots.
  • Laura Dougall finished off her afternoon with two saves while her counterpart Amy Annala finished with eight saves in the shutout victory.
  • Natalie Yass led all Huskies players with three shots and a goal in the win.


Buffalo will return to the pitch next weekend for a pair of road MAC matches. The Bulls will head to Eastern Michigan on Friday for a match with the Eagles at 4:00 pm before closing up the trip with a visit to Central Michigan on Sunday at 12:00 pm.