BUFFALO, NY - In a rematch of last season's Mid-American Conference tournament semifinal, the Buffalo women's soccer team (2-8-1, 0-3 MAC) dropped its Friday night contest to the Toledo Rockets, 3-0. The Buffalo depth was cut down by injuries during the game, and the Rockets (3-7-1, 1-1-1 MAC) took advantage with a pair of second-half goals to earn its first conference win of the season.
"Toledo is the defending regular season champion for a reason," head coach Michael Thomas said. "We came out and played well through the first half but we were unable to make the game go our way in key moments. When you miss a clear or you lose your mark, Toledo will punish you for it. Through the first two-thirds of the game it was back and forth but they were just much better in the key moments."
The Rockets scored in the 15th minute off a free kick by Rachael Kravitz. She took a kick from 20 yards out and went low through the Buffalo wall, finding the boot of Kirsten Catloth, who snuck the ball into the left goal post for the first score. The Bulls almost drew even in the 32nd minute thanks to a promising straight-on blast by N'Dea Johnson, but it was pushed away from frame by Toledo's goalie. Johnson would have another chance in the 42nd minute, but it was also snuffed out.
Early on in the second half, the Bulls lost goalie Ainsley Wheldon to injury on a Toledo foul, pulling Sarah Moore into her first game action of her career. The Orchard Park native was tested early and was beaten for a pair of goals over her 28 minutes between the pipes, but she also made three saves.
The Bulls will hope to rebound this Sunday in hopes of securing its first conference win of the season. The team welcomes in Northern Illinois for a noon kickoff.