Broncos Buck Bulls, 2-1
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's soccer team fell out of a second-place tie on Friday night with 2-1 loss to Western Michigan at UB Stadium. The Bulls (7-9-1, 3-3-0 MAC) currently stand in third place and will await the outcome of Saturday's Bowling Green at Florida Atlantic matchup to determine where they will be seeded for next week's Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Western Michigan, who clinched the number two seed with Friday's win, set the tone of the match early with two quick goals in the first 18 minutes. The Broncos (9-7-2, 4-2-0 MAC) scored what would be the game winner in the eighth minute as Oliver Mayer put a shot past UB's Nick Fetterman in front of the net. WMU's Luis Lemus and Shane Lyons were credited with assists on the goal.
The Broncos added to the lead at 17:15 when Pat Schiffer headed in Kai Mendes' corner kick for a 2-0 advantage which WMU would hold at halftime.
UB narrowed the margin in the second half as the Bulls worked feverishly to find the net, outshooting the Broncos, 12-5, in the final 45 minutes. The Bulls picked up a goal from senior Rich Wilson, his first of the season, with 21:12 left in the match. Wilson, from five yards in front of the net, headed in Casey Derkacz's long free kick to slice the Bronco lead in half.
The Bulls had several chances to tie the match late including a shot by Mike Unwin that hit the right side post with 10:19 left in the second half. Unwin led the Bulls with six shots on Friday night as the Bulls outshot the Broncos, 18-13.
Fetterman made five saves for the Bulls while WMU's Sean Lewis stopped seven shots.
Saturday's MAC match between Bowling Green and Florida Atlantic will determines UB's fate for the upcoming tournament in Akron, starting November 12. If FAU defeats Bowling Green or the match results in a tie, the Bulls will earn the third seed and face Western Michigan in the semifinals. If Bowling Green wins, both the Falcons and Bulls would be 3-3-0 in league play but BGSU would gain the third seed based on their 2-0 win over the Bulls on October 9.