Four Broncos Score in 4-0 Win Over Florida Atlantic
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan men's soccer team disposed Mid-American Conference foe Florida Atlantic, 4-0, Sunday for the Broncos' first conference win of the season.
It was the fifth shutout of the year defensively for the Broncos, and the third time this season the team has scored four goals in a game.
Four different players found the back of the net for Western Michigan, which improved its record to 8-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the MAC. Shane Lyons scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season and has now recorded at least one point in each of the last six games. Jason Grant had a three-point day, while Oliver Mayer and freshman Cam Jensen also tallied goals. For Jensen, it was his first collegiate goal. Freshman Connor Furgason notched his first career point with an assist.
"It was a great performance from the lads today," said WMU head coach Stu Riddle. "We were all very disappointed after the loss on Friday and I challenged the team to bounce back today and they did with a very clinical performance."
Lyons scored off a set play in the 24th minute for his fifth goal of the season. Darren Jones took a free kick from 30 yards out and Lyons broke free on the right side. He volleyed Jones' offering off a defender and into the net for a 1-0 WMU lead.
Mayer gave WMU a 2-0 cushion before the half, with his third goal of the season in the 40th minute. Erik Kelly and Luis Lemus worked a combination on the right side of the box, with Lemus slotting the ball through the middle and Mayer striking a dart on the back side.
Moments after coming off the bench and checking in the game in the 87th minute, Jensen celebrated his first collegiate goal. Scott Zech played a ball out of the backfield and Jensen and Grant found themselves on a two-man breakaway. Grant carried the ball on the right side and passed it off to Jensen on the left as FAU keeper Jeremy Crumpton came off his line. Jensen had no problem finishing.
Grant capped the scoring with his third goal of the season in the 89th minute off Furgason's assist. Grant drove his shot from the left side of the box to the opposite corner of the net. Crumpton managed to get his hands on the shot, but couldn't keep it from going in.
After being forced to leave the game in the first half in Friday's 2-1 loss at Bowling Green, Western Michigan goalkeeper Sean Lewis was able to return and start Sunday. He faced just three shots and made one save.
Florida Atlantic fell to 1-9-1, 0-4-0 in the MAC.
Western Michigan travels to Big East opponent Cincinnati Wednesday, Oct. 10, and returns to Kalamazoo to host Horizon League member Detroit Wednesday, Oct. 17.