Seven different members of Toledo scored goals Sunday, as the Midnight Blue and Gold’s offense exploded for an 8-0 victory over Ohio in a quarterfinals match of the 2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament at Scott Park.
The Rockets’ eight post-season scores are a MAC tourney record, surpassing Miami’s total of seven tallies vs. Buffalo in 2001.UT received two goals from sophomore Rachel MacLeod and single tallies from junior Kristen Mattei, sophomore Nicole Gyurgyik, freshman Rio James, senior Ana Reynolds, junior Natalia Gaitàn and sophomore Emily Tustin to lead the charge against the Bobcats (7-11-2). The 2011 MAC regular-season champions produced four goals in each half to coast to the lopsided shutout victory.
The Rockets finished with a 23-12 edge in shots to defeat Ohio for a third consecutive season in the MAC tourney, as they improved to 10-1-4 in post-season play under Head Coach Brad Evans. MacLeod, Gyurgyik, Mattei and Reynolds each had a team-high four shots to move UT into the semifinals for the sixth-consecutive year.
With today’s triumph, UT (12-6-2) will host the semifinals and championship match next weekend on its home field. The three-time conference tourney champs will entertain No. 5 seed Buffalo Friday, Nov. 4, after the Bulls downed No. 4 seed Kent State, 2-1.
In other MAC Tournament action, No. 2 seed Central Michigan defeated No. 7 seed Akron, 2-1, and No. 3 seed Western Michigan blanked No. 6 seed Ball State, 1-0. The two-time defending MAC Tournament Champion Chippewas will tangle with the Broncos in the other semifinal contest Friday.
Between the posts, senior Vicki Traven worked the opening 72:56 and had to make two saves to collect the victory. Redshirt freshman Kelsey Borowitz came on for the final 17-plus minutes and tallied three stops to preserve the shutout.
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