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UB women's soccer fall to Ball State in quarterfinals of MAC tournament, 2-1

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS

MUNCIE, I.N. -- The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (11-8-0, 5-6-0 MAC) saw their 2018 campaign come to an end on Sunday afternoon in the Mid-American Conference quarterfinals. The No. 7 seeded Bulls put up a strong fight but were defeated by No. 2 Ball State in double overtime, 2-1. 
The Basics
  • Score: #7 Buffalo 1, #2 Ball State 2 (2OT)
  • Records: Buffalo (11-8-0, 5-6-0 MAC), Ball State (13-3-2, 8-2-1 MAC)
  • Buffalo Goal Scorer: Gurjeena Jandu (3)
  • Ball State Goal Scorer: Paula Guerrero 2 (3)
  • Location: Briner Sports Complex – Muncie, IN
  • Attendance: 202
Starting Lineups
How It Happened
  • The Cardinals had their first scoring chance of the match in the 15th minute as Julia Elvbo took a shot from distance that was scooped up by Emily Kelly.
  • In the 17th minute, Emily Kelly made a great diving stop on a dangerous shot from Peighton Cook as she dived to her left and poked the ball out of bounds for a corner.
  • On the ensuing corner kick, the Cardinals were able to earn a penalty kick as the Bulls committed a hand ball in the box. Paula Guerrero calmly stepped up to the penalty kick spot and buried the shot into the lower left corner to give Ball State the 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.
  • The Bulls had their first shot of the match in the 27th minute as Kaitlyn Walsh sent a ball into the box where Carley Zoccali took a shot that was stopped by the Ball State keeper.
  • The Cardinals had another good scoring chance in the 32nd minute but Emily Kelly was able to make a good save to send the teams to the locker room at half with the Cardinals winning, 1-0.
  • The Bulls were able to level the score, 1-1, in the 55th minute as Marcy Barberic was dragged down on the edge of the 18-yard box. On the ensuing free kick, Gurjeena Jandu buried her third goal of the season into the upper right corner of the net.
  • Kaitlyn Walsh made a great run down the right side in the 61st minute and ripped a hard shot but the Ball State keeper was able to grab the shot to keep the match tied, 1-1.
  • In the 78th minute, Emily Kelly made a save on a shot off the foot of Julia Elvbo.
  • The Bulls put on some pressure down the final stretch of the second half as they pushed for the go-ahead goal. After a couple of corners that weren't converted by the Bulls, Marcy Barberic had the final shot of regulation in the 89th minute as her shot from distance was grabbed by the Cardinals keeper to force overtime.
  • The Bulls had the first scoring chance of the overtime period as Marcy Barberic ripped a shot that went just wide of the goal in the 96th minute.
  • In the 99th minute, Peighton Cook took a shot from distance that was stopped by Emily Kelly as the two sides went to double overtime.
  • Going with the wind in the final 10 minutes, the Cardinals were able to net the game-winner in the 105th minute as Paula Guerrero buried the free kick goal from 25 yards out to help Ball State move onto the MAC semifinals.
Inside The Numbers
  • With the loss, Buffalo closes out their 2018 campaign with an 11-8-0 record on the year and advanced to the MAC Tournament for the fifth straight season under head coach Shawn Burke.
  • Junior captain Gurjeena Jandu netted her career-high third goal of the season on a free kick in the loss to the Cardinals. Jandu finishes her season with a career-best three goals, six assists and 12 points.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Emily Kelly finished off her afternoon making five saves in the loss. She closes out her first collegiate season with an 11-8-0 record to go along with a 1.52 goals-against average and seven shutouts. Her 11 wins ranks third in a single season for victories by a goalkeeper and seven clean sheets ranks sixth most in a single season.
  • As a team, the Bulls closed out the season netting 35 goals which are the most in a season since 2000 when they potted 45 goals.
  • For the game, Ball State held the 17-6 edge in shots while the Bulls held the slim 5-4 advantage in corner kicks in the loss.
  • Sophomore Marcy Barberic led all UB players with three shots while Julia Elvbo notched four shots in the win for Ball State.
Player of the Match
Following the match, the UB coaching staff selected junior Gurjeena Jandu as the Player of the Match after her strong performance in the loss. Jandu netted the lone goal for the Bulls, her career-best third goal of the season.
Quote-A-BULL
Head Coach Shawn Burke: "For our players to go to the No. 2 seed, with only 13 healthy players, five starters out and compete at such a high level is a testament to our girls' character, accountability, resiliency and energy. I want to thank our seniors for what they have given this program. As a staff, we are so proud of this team and what they stand for."