Broncos Win Double Overtime Thriller at Cincinnati
Cincinnati (5-6-3) had allowed just one goal in six home matches entering Wednesday's contest and had shut out six of the previous seven opponents to play in Gettler Stadium. It was just the second ever win for Western Michigan over the Bearcats in five all-time meetings, and the first since 1986.
Both Western Michigan and Cincinnati were ranked in the top 10 in this week's NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll. The Broncos held the No. 8 spot, two ahead of UC at No. 10.
Lyons' goal was his team-leading sixth of the season, scoring all six of those in the last seven games after missing four contests with an injury. He has recorded at least one point in each of the last seven games, picking up an assist in the only game he didn't score.
"To say we have a happy bunch of players here right now is a complete understatement," said WMU head coach Stu Riddle. "They are overjoyed with this result and they can be very proud of each other and the way they played tonight. We learned a lot about our team tonight and all of it is very positive. Everyone is chomping at the bit for the remaining five games we have on our schedule."
Mayer caught the Bearcat defense on their heels two minutes into the match, booting his fourth goal of the season. Ryan Lemasters gathered a throw in and played Mayer on the right wing. Mayer received the ball and spun towards the middle of the field, snapping a 25-yard left-footed shot to the right of UC keeper Taylor Hafling. Lemasters was credited with his seventh assist of the year.
Western Michigan held the lead until the 85th minute when Leon Powell tied the score with his first goal of the season. WMU failed to clear in its defensive third and the ball pin-balled around in the box before Powell was able to poke it into the net.
Each team put a final shot on goal before the end of regulation and Cincinnati out-shot WMU 3-1 in the first overtime, putting one on target. Western Michigan goalkeeper Sean Lewis would finish with five saves in the game.
WMU came up with the game-winning goal 1:41 into the second overtime. Mario Texiera made a beautiful run down the left wing and sent a cross into Jason Grant. Grant had gotten good offensive positioning, tucking inside his defender and was pulled down near the penalty stripe. Lyons fired his PK low to the left for the Bronco win.
The game featured 41 total fouls and Cincinnati held a 19-14 shot advantage. The Bearcats were whistled for five offsides and the Broncos were called for two.
Western Michigan returns to Kalamazoo to host Horizon League foe Detroit Wednesday, Oct. 17. The Broncos close out the regular season with four-straight Mid-American Conference games, facing Hartwick, Buffalo, Northern Illinois and Akron.