Broncos Shut Out IPFW En Route to 3-0 Victory
Opening 2012 with a 3-0-0 record, the Broncos are off to their best start since the 2003 MAC Tournament Championship season, when the team rattled off six-straight wins.
"There are many things to be very happy about in our performance today, a very good victory with three different goal scorers and our third clean sheet in four games (including exhibition) being at the top of our list," commented WMU head coach Stu Riddle.
Lemasters put WMU on the board in the 38th minute after receiving a pass from Kyle Farris on the left corner of the box. Lemasters cut back to the middle and fired low to the far post. One of four transfers from Schoolcraft Community College this season, Lemasters has recorded a point in every game thus far (seven total), including two goals.
WMU's insurance goal wouldn't come until the 65th minute, when a corner kick by Marco Lobo, also a Schoolcraft CC product, skipped through the hands of Mastodon netminder Brandon Cloutier directly into the net. It was Lobo's second straight game with a goal.
Lobo in part helped set up the third goal, as he was taken down just outside the 18 while holding for a shot. Darren Jones lined up for the free kick and sent a low bullet to the right of the wall. Cloutier was able to bat Jones' offering away, but Yllson Asani was there to tap in his first goal of the season.
The Broncos out-shot their opponents 11-1 in the first half and 21-7 on the day. WMU goalkeeper Sean Lewis made two saves and was tested only once - late in the second period.
Cloutier ended with five saves, denying Luis Lemus from 25-yards out in the 12th minute with a diving snag in the air and punching out another good look by Oliver Mayer at the start of the second half.
"There is plenty more to come from this team though and we will spend tomorrow recovering and reviewing video to make sure we are more than ready for DePaul on Saturday," Riddle added.
Western Michigan faces DePaul, ranked No. 10 in the Great Lakes Region, at 2 p.m. ET Saturday in Chicago.