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Women's Soccer Battles IPFW to 2-2 Tie

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 08/17/2013
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Wrapping up the preseason portion of the 2013 season, the Western Michigan women's soccer team battled IPFW to a 2-2 draw in Fort Wayne on Friday night.

WMU had a 2-0 lead going into the second half but surrendered two goals in a span of 1:04 to settle for the tie. No overtime was played during the exhibition.

"We were very good in the first half," said head coach Nate Norman. "I was proud of the work ethic of the team and the way we kept the ball. We had a bad 15 minute spell in the second half and paid the price for it. When we can put together a complete game we will be very tough to beat."

The Broncos took a very early 1-0 lead when their two transfers connected. Sophomore Ali Russo, a native of Kalamazoo and Central Michigan transferred, punched in a goal at the 2:02 mark of the first half. Miami transfer and fellow sophomore Gina Maddi notched the assist on the goal.

A pair of freshmen connected on the second goal with just one second left before halftime. Mackenzie Barber found the back of the net with help from Liz Abro to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead.

Andie Lasserini took one back for the Mastadons at 57:56 in the second half and then tied the game at 59:00 for her second of the night.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Collin made three saves on the night for the Broncos, while Michelle Watson started in goal and played 59 minutes. WMU held IPFW without a shot in the first half and outshot them 18-8 on the night, while also hold a 7-5 shots-on-goal advantage.

WMU opens up the regular season at Saint Louis on Friday evening at 8:05 p.m.