Oliver Mayer scored in the second minute for Western Michigan University and that one early goal almost held up throughout the game. It was Mayer’s second goal in as many games.
However, the Cincinnati Bearcats would come through late in regulation. Leon Powell would tie the game at one in the 84th minute, assisted by Cole Denormandie and Zach Patterson. Powell had four shots on goal in the game.
The match would go to overtime. This was the fifth time the Broncos had played an overtime this season. Two of the previous overtime matches were tied, and the other two were won by the Broncos. Wednesday night’s game would eventually go Western’s way as well.
Shane Lyons would put the game away with a goal on a penalty kick in the 101st minute. Lyons has now recorded a point for the Broncos in seven straight games, with six goals and one assist.
It wasn’t a conference win, but it’s certainly something WMU can build on. Both Western and Cincinnati were ranked in the top 10 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Great Lakes Regional poll coming into the game Wednesday.
The Broncos have now won two matches in a row. They’ll attempt to make it three when Detroit comes to town next Wednesday afternoon. Detroit is the last non-conference opponent Western will face. After that game, they will close out the season with four games against Mid-American Conference teams.