Watson Ties Record as WMU Dominates WIU, 4-0
Watson’s one save and the dominating possession by Western Michigan (2-3-2) resulted in the fifth shutout of the season and the 20th of Watson’s career. With that she matched the program record for shutouts in a career, tying Katie Perz, who set the record from 2002-05. The Broncos held the Leathernecks to just one shot on goal and four total shots on the day.
“Michelle has obviously been a staple at this program,” said head coach Nate Norman. All the success the team has had over the past three seasons, she has been a big part of it. She is fantastic in the air, confident with the ball and a great leader back there and we are happy to have her as our last line of defense.”
Ariana Donahue gave the Broncos the lead on her first collegiate goal in the 27th minute. Ali Russo played the ball across the box to Aubrey Sudomier and Sudomier sent it into the middle of the box for the tap-in by Donahue.
“I thought the ball was going out but I got in the box, ran in there and Aubrey was able to head it back and I just thought ‘Don’t miss this,’ and I didn’t,” said Donahue.
The Broncos added to their lead early in the second half after a foul just outside the right corner of the box resulted in a free kick. Rachel Chaney passed the ball around the wall to Sudomier and she took it in and slotted it into the lower-left corner of the net for her first of the season.
WMU pushed the lead to 3-0 after Gina Maddi fired a shot from just outside the box and into the top-right corner of the net in the 65th minute. Just six minutes later in the 71st minute Kyle Nylen fired a shot from distance and it bounced off of the crossbar and down into the goal for her first of the season to give WMU a 4-0 lead.
“I think throughout the season we had never had an issue creating chances, it was always just could we finish,” added Norman on the outburst of goals. “And the girls finished today. After we scored that second goal in the second half it just really opened up for us.”
With the non-conference season over with the Broncos head into Mid-American Conference play on Friday at Toledo. They then return to Kalamazoo and host Northern Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m.