The Broncos haven’t won a match since winning three games in a row in the middle of September. In the four games since, Western Michigan has lost twice and tied twice. One of those losses was Friday night to Bowling Green.
It was a game that WMU should have won, according to the statistics from past matches. Western had scored 20 goals in the season before walking on to Cochrane Field Friday night, and the Falcons had only scored 10. BGSU also had significantly less shots than WMU had in previous games.
Well, sometimes things go according to paper and sometimes they don’t. On Friday night, many of the statistics reflected what was typical in previous games. But, while many statistical categories favored a Bronco win, it didn’t come out that way after the final buzzer.
Western outshot Bowling Green 20-9. Seven of those 20 shots were on goal, and one made it past keeper Michael Wiest. Bowling Green had just two shots on goal, and both of them found their way into the back of the net.
Sean Lewis, WMU goalkeeper, was removed from the game after Danny Baraldi scored the first goal of the game for BGSU in the 10th minute. Adriano Deabreu replaced him and stayed in net for the remainder of the match.
Western tied the game at one just 34 seconds after the Falcons went ahead. Jason Grant was credited with the goal, his second of the season. Shane Lyons and Darren Jones assisted on the play.
Anthony Grant put BGSU on top for good with just 15 minutes left. It was his third goal, assists being given to Zach Lemke and Danny Baraldi.
The Broncos have a mountain to climb following this loss. Adding to the pressure is the fact that Akron beat Florida Atlantic Friday night, moving them to 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference. Although it is a tough road ahead, Western can take comfort in the fact that four of the remaining five conference games are against teams that are, to this point, under .500 overall.
The next game for the Broncos is Sunday afternoon, against Florida Atlantic in Kalamazoo. FAU is 1-8-1 overall, and 0-3-0 in MAC play.