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Dedvukaj launching her 25-yard goal to give WMU a 4-1 lead.
Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

Four Broncos Score in 4-1 Win Over Murray State

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 08/31/2012
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KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team defeated Murray State, 4-1, for their regular season home-opener on Friday afternoon at the WMU Soccer Complex.

Four different Broncos netted goals on the day with Diana Dedvukaj and Kyle Nylen both registering three-point games, each tallying a goal and an assist. Brittney Pavlica and Anina Cicerone also netted goals, while Michelle Watson made four saves to pick up her third win of the season.

“Obviously when you win 4-1 it was a good day,” said head coach Nate Norman. “I think there are some things we could have done better, but every game you will find that. Right now the thing to do is figure out a way to get some good recovery in. We played almost everyone that was healthy, so it was good to get a lot of them minutes so they aren’t worn down on Sunday.”

WMU (3-1-0) took the lead early in the first half with a goal at the 6:06 mark. The Broncos were pressuring during the opening minutes and Dedvukaj played a corner kick into the box with Pavlica heading it into the corner of the net for her first goal of the season.

Just under 10 minutes later at 17:36 Nylen tallied off a header from a long free kick by Lindsey Lee. It was the freshman midfielder’s second goal of the season.

The Racers took one back just under two minutes later, capitalizing on a Bronco turnover. Jenelle Cunningham picked the pocket of Bronco defender and was in all alone on net. She passed the ball to Jenna Finke, who beat Watson for MSU’s lone goal of the game.

Cicerone netted her first goal of the season on a blast from 20 yards out at 35:20 in the first half. Cicerone took a cross from Kelsey Baskins just outside the left side of the box. The senior midfielder fired the ball in to the top right-hand corner of the net to give WMU a 3-1 lead.

Dedvukaj added the Broncos’ fourth goal of the afternoon just over five minutes into the second half. Dedvukaj took the ball from Nylen and made a run through the right side of the midfield before letting a blast go from 25 yards out. The ball found the upper left-hand corner of the net as she capped off a three point game.

Western Michigan heads to Illinois State for a showdown with the Red Birds on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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