Menís Soccer Routs Buffalo in 4-0 Win
The Broncos led 1-0 at halftime following a backside header by Marco Lobo 34 seconds before the break. Freshman Sam Bell blew the game open in the second half, scoring two goals 48 seconds apart. Ryan Lemasters drove home the explanation point on the win with a penalty kick in the 86th minute. The Broncos pounded Buffalo for a season-high 22 shots, putting 10 on goal.
“I thought we were solid start to finish and played 90 complete minutes of soccer,” said WMU head coach Chad Wiseman. “We had four quality goals and Sam was fantastic with two of those. I thought defensively, we were really strong through the middle and it was nice to get our first shutout. We had great leadership from the upperclassmen.”
WMU’s first two goals came as a result of a corner kick. In the final minute of the first half, Chris Long served a corner across from the left. Sean Hazen gathered it backside and played it back across the box. Jason Grant jumped up to flick it on and Lobo headed it in at the post for his first goal of the year.
In the 74th minute, Edu Jimenez took another kick from the left. The ball made its way through the middle and Bell buried it backside. Bell struck again less than a minute later, volleying in a chip across the box from Kyle Farris.
Western Michigan’s fourth goal was set up off a free kick. Lemasters sent a shot towards Buffalo’s wall and a UB defender knocked it down with a hand ball, resulting in a penalty kick. Lemasters had no trouble finishing on the PK for his second goal of the year.
WMU held Buffalo to five shots, all of which sophomore goalkeeper Chase Rau made saves on, and did not give up a corner kick. A total of 22 Broncos saw action in the game.
With the win, Western Michigan improves its record to 4-6-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the MAC. Buffalo, under the direction of former WMU head coach Stu Riddle, slipped to 1-8-3 and 0-2-0 in the MAC.
The Broncos are on the road for their next two games, heading to Detroit Tuesday and Hartwick next Saturday. WMU returns to Kalamazoo to host IPFW Oct. 22.