The women’s soccer team from Western Michigan entered their Sunday afternoon match against Bowling Green without having scored in four matches. They came out eager to change that, and played with a good deal of intensity early. They generated plenty of offense and were finally rewarded with a goal.
The goal that finally broke the Broncos out of their slump came in the 19th minute and was scored by sophomore Diana Dedvukaj. Rachel Chaney got to the ball in the middle of a chaotic 18 yard box and sent it out to the left side where it was a clean opportunity for Dedvukaj to put the ball in the net.
The Broncos finished the half leading the game in shots 8-7 and shots on goal 3-1. Anina Cicerone had 3 first half shots and got 2 of them on goal while playing the entire half and Kylie Nylen also had 2 shots.
In the 51st minute Bowling Green had an opportunity in transition when a ball across the middle of the box got all the way open to a wide open Demy Whitaker but Western Michigan goalkeeper Michelle Watson covered it up for her second save of the game.
Two minutes later Western Michigan had an opportunity of their own when a cross made its way to the back post where Rachel Chaney got her head on it, where Bowling Green keeper Jenna Underwood stopped it on the goal line for her second save.
After a fast paced second half with opportunities on both ends, the game ended no different than the first half ended. Western Michigan closed the game out and won by the score 1-0. There were plenty of scares going both ways all down the stretch, as it seemed to be first Western threatening and then a Bowling Green counterattack but both defenses played solid all through the half while the offenses just couldn’t quite finish.
With the victory, Western Michigan pulls their record even overall at 5-5-2, and earn their first conference victory, with a conference mark of 1-1-2. The next two games for the Broncos will be on the road as they take on Miami of Ohio on Friday, Oct. 5. at 4 p.m. and then they will play Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. against Ball State.