BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (5-6-2, 3-2-1 MAC) was edged out on Sunday afternoon by the defending Mid-American Conference champions, Kent State, by the score of 1-0 at UB Stadium. The Golden Flashes used a goal in the 58th minute to move to 9-4-1 overall and 5-1-0 in MAC play.
- Score: Buffalo 0, Kent State 1
- Records: Buffalo (5-6-2, 3-2-1 MAC), Kent State (9-4-1, 5-1-0 MAC)
- Kent State Scorer: Hayden Pascoe (2)
- Kent State Assist: Vital Kats (4)
- Location: UB Stadium – Buffalo, NY
- Attendance: 141
- Buffalo: Laura Dougall, Meghan Simmons, Gurjeena Jandu, Adrianna VanCuyck, Rebecca Bramble, Julia Benati, Marcy Barberic, Moira Petrie, Kaitlyn Walsh, Carissima Cutrona, Gianna Yurchak
- Kent State: Karli Paracca, Hayden Pascoe, Jamie Eiben, Paige Culver, Kristen Brots, Donovan Capehart, Maddie Holmes, Amanda Reed, Vital Kats, Sierra Henderson-Muchett, Ashleah McDonald
How It Happened
- The Bulls had a great scoring chance in the first minute of the match as Carissima Cutrona and Julia Benati had a pretty give-and-go but Benati's hard shot just missed the right corner of the net.
- The Golden Flashes nearly netted the first goal of the match in the ninth minute but Vital Kats shot rang off the cross bar and out of play.
- In the 14th minute, Gianna Yurchak found Carissima Cutrona streaking towards goal but Cutrona's low shot just missed the lower right corner of the Kent State goal.
- Laura Dougall made her first save of the match in the 25th minute as she dove to her right to grab the shot by Karli Paracca.
- In the 27th minute, Gianna Yurchak ripped a shot towards the upper right corner of the net but it just sailed wide, keeping the game knotted, 0-0.
- Three minutes later, Julia Benati created space and just missed the upper right corner with a shot from distance.
- The Golden Flashes had the last scoring chance of the opening half in the 34th minute as Isabelle Mihail ripped a shot wide of the UB goal.
- Kent State opened the scoring in the 58th minute as Hayden Pascoe took a shot from the right side that deflected off the hands of Laura Dougall and found its way into the net off the left post.
- In the 63rd minute, Kent State nearly made it 2-0 but Rachel Ernst saw her shot go just over the cross bar.
- Julia Benati had back-to-back looks at tying the match in the 83rd and 84th minutes but both of her right-footed attempts soared wide of the Kent State goal.
- The Golden Flashes were able to kill off the final six minutes of the match, not allowing the Bulls any dangerous scoring chances to tie the game late.
Inside The Numbers
- The Bulls held the 10-9 edge in shots and the 4-2 edge in corner kicks in the loss.
- Julia Benati led all players with four shots while Carissima Cutrona notched three shots in the loss.
- Laura Dougall made one save in the loss while her counterpart Ashleah McDonald wasn't asked to make a save in the clean sheet.
Player of the Match
Following the match, the UB coaching staff selected Adrianna VanCuyck as the Player of the Match after a strong match defensively for the Bulls.
- Cincinnati – Laura Dougall
- Ohio State – Moira Petrie & Julia Benati
- Canisius – Kara Daly
- Youngstown State – Kara Daly
- Cornell – Kaitlyn Walsh
- Fairleigh Dickinson – Gurjeena Jandu
- St. Bonaventure – Carissima Cutrona
- Western Michigan – Adrianna VanCuyck
- Northern Illinois – Julia Benati
- Eastern Michigan – Moira Petrie
- Central Michigan – Laura Dougall
- Ohio – Julia Benati
- Kent State – Adrianna VanCuyck
Buffalo will return to the road for a pair of MAC matches next weekend as they take on Bowling Green on Friday at 7:00 pm before heading to Toledo to clash with the Rockets at 1:00 pm on Sunday.