Men's Soccer Readies For MAC Tournament
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- No. 2 seed Western Michigan faces No. 3 seed Hartwick in the MAC Tournament men's soccer semifinals Friday at 4 p.m. No. 1 Akron hosts No. 4 West Virginia in the second semifinal game at 7 p.m.
MAC Tournament Semifinals Game 1
Friday, Nov. 15 • 4 p.m.
No. 2 Western Michigan (8-8-1, 4-1-1 MAC) vs. No. 3 Hartwick (5-8-4, 3-2-1 MAC)
FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field (Akron, Ohio)
MAC Tournament Semifinals Game 2
No. 1 Akron (14-3-1, 5-1-0 MAC) vs. No. 4 West Virginia (7-6-5, 2-2-2 MAC) • 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 17: Final - Semifinal 1 Winner vs. Semifinal 2 Winner, 1 p.m.
MAC TOURNAMENT CENTRAL
The winners of Friday's semifinal games will meet up in the MAC Championship game Sunday in Akron at 1 p.m. Live stats and live video streaming can be found at the men's soccer tournament central link at mac-sports.com, or you can navigate there using the link in the related links field to the right.
SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN
The Broncos have scored 26 goals this season and conceded 27, only allowing three against MAC opponents. A total of 11 different players have scored for WMU. Senior Oliver Mayer leads the team with five goals, while freshman Matheau Rogers has four. Three other players have three goals apiece. The Broncos have placed 79 of 173 shots on goal this season. Starting goalkeeper Chase Rau had a 1.67 goals-against average and .671 save percentage during the regular season. He improved those numbers during conference play, boasting a 0.49 goals-against average and .880 save percentage.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Western Michigan sat in first place in the conference standings heading into the final game of the regular season, but was bumped down to second by Akron, as the Zips defeated WMU, 2-1, in double overtime last Saturday in Kalamazoo. It was WMU's only loss in conference play. The Broncos' lone tie in MAC competition was a 0-0 result at West Virginia.
WMU TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Western Michigan is 7-16-4 overall in the MAC Tournament, dating back to 1994. The Broncos' lone MAC title came in 2003, beating Marshall in the quarterfinals, Akron in the semifinals and Bowling Green in the championship game. WMU made it to the MAC Championship on three other occasions, 2004, 2010 & 2011.
LAST TIME IN THE TOURNAMENT
Western Michigan missed out on the four-team MAC Tournament last season, but advanced to the championship game in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, WMU stunned Akron, battling the Zips to a 1-1 tie and winning a shootout, 4-3, in the semifinals. The Broncos were edged by Northern Illinois in the championship, 1-0.
REGULAR SEASON MEETING VS. HARTWICK
Western Michigan defeated Hartwick, 1-0, on Oct. 19. Senior Marco Lobo scored the game-winner for the Broncos on an assist by freshman Matheau Rogers in the 41st minute. The road win was Western Michigan’s first ever against Hartwick in five all-time meetings in New York. Lobo was honored as MAC Player of the Week following his performance.
WMU is 3-3-4 all-time against Hartwick and 0-2-1 against the Hawks in the MAC Tournament. The last time the two met in the postseason was in the MAC semifinals in 2009, a 3-2 loss for the Broncos.
STRIVING FOR NINE
With eight wins under his belt, head coach Chad Wiseman is tied with Blake Glass for the most wins by a Bronco head coach in their first season. Glass led the Broncos to an 8-10-0 record in 1983.