Broncos Tame Huskies, 4-2
Diana Dedvukaj, Kylie Nylen, Rachel Chaney and Gina Maddi all found the net for the Broncos (4-3-2, 2-0-0 MAC). Nylen and Maddi both extended goal-scoring streaks to three games in the win, while Aubrey Sudomier added two assists on the day to push her point-scoring streak to three games. WMU outshot the Huskies 17-10 overall, with Michelle Watson making four saves on the day.
“I think this weekend was just two good wins against two good teams,” said head coach Nate Norman on WMU’s win on the day and on Friday at Toledo. “NIU is a tough team to play. Last year we tied them 0-0 and they make it hard to score and I’m proud of the ladies today for finding ways to score.”
Dedvukaj struck first with time winding down in the first half. Nicole Hatcliffe drew a foul at the top-left of the box and Dedvukaj lined up to take the free kick. The junior forward then laced the ball over the wall and into the top-left corner of the net for her first goal of the year with just over a minute remaining in the half.
Nylen pushed the lead to 2-0 to open up the second half after Sudomier placed a perfect corner kick in the middle of the box and the sophomore midfielder rose above the pack to head it into the net for her third of the season.
The Huskies answered in the 60th minute, cutting WMU’s lead to 2-1, when Allie McBride curled in a shot from the right corner of the box and into the net after Cori Frankenberg played her the ball from a short corner kick.
Western Michigan responded in the 66th minute after Sudomier took the ball down the right flank, cut into the box and let a low cross through the middle of the box to Chaney. Chaney one-timed it on net and NIU goalkeeper Amy Carr got a piece of the ball but not enough and it went into the net to push the lead to 3-1 and the eventual game-winner.
NIU once again cut the lead to one with a goal by Nicole Gobbo with 5:38 remaining in the game. A deflected clearance attempt bounced to Frankenberg and she found Gobbo all alone and she tapped it in from five yards out for her third of the season.
Maddi responded with 59 seconds remaining to ice the game for the Broncos. A ball was played to Liz Abro at the top of the box and she redirected it to Maddi and the sophomore forward fired it from just beyond the box and into the net for her third of the season.
WMU has now scored nine goals in just two MAC games after scoring just three during all of last season’s conference play.
The Broncos now head on the road at conference rivals Central Michigan on Friday at 4 p.m. and then at Bowling Green on Sunday at 1 p.m.