After the dust settled on the weekend and two more conference matches, the season looks to be closing fast on the Bronco’s season. Their matches from the past weekend featured road match ups with conference opponents, Akron and Buffalo.
In the game against Akron to open the weekend, the Broncos put forth a strong offensive effort, despite sub-par weather conditions. They launched 23 shots on goal to 11 for Akron. The shooting advantage came in part to all the opportunities generated on corner kicks, as they had five in the first half alone to go along with 10 first half shots.
Each team scored once in the first half. The Broncos struck first as they scored in the 26th minute. Diana Dedvukaj scored in the 26th minute for her third goal of the season. She was assisted by Rachel Chaney. In the 41st minute, Karina Atkinson scored her second goal of the season on a long through ball by Kelly Deniro.
That was the end of scoring for the entire game, which stretched through two overtime periods before ending in a 1-1 tie. Western Michigan dominated overtime offensively, getting eight shots off to one for Akron, but they could not finish one off.
In the second game of the weekend, the Broncos faced off with Buffalo. In the game, Buffalo held a 16-12 shooting edge for the game, outshooting the Broncos in both halves and coming away with a 1-0 victory. The Broncos were led offensively by Diana Dedvukaj with three shots, Aubrey Sudomier and Anina Cicerone had two shots each.
The game went the entire first half and deep into the second half without any goals being scored. Finally, in the 86th minute, Buffalo’s Stephanie Velez scored on a free kick, placing the ball in the lower left corner of the goal. It was her only shot of the game in 12 minutes off the bench.
At the conclusion of the weekend, the Bronco’s record stands at 5-8-4 with a conference mark of 1-4-4. It is an uphill battle to qualify for the conference tournament at this point. That complicated scenario for the Broncos starts with their final regular season game, which will come Thursday, Oct. 25 when the Broncos play Eastern Michigan on the road.