Oct. 26, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - On a blustery evening with wind gusts affecting everything hit in the air, the Bowling Green State Falcons used two first-half goals to beat Florida Atlantic Friday night, 2-0.
The wind was gusting due east the entire game, making defense of that goal extremely difficult. To that end, BGSU peppered that goal with 11 of its 12 shots of the game in the first half, and then after the teams switched sides, FAU had 17 of their 18 shots after the break.
The Falcons scored first in the 12th minute when Danny Baraldi's free kick went off the back of an FAU defender right to Anthony Grant, who punched it past Owls keeper Jeremy Crumpton in the left corner of the net. It was Grant's team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Twelve minutes later, Baraldi would get a goal of his own, taking a pass from Grant and booming it from midfield towards the Owls' net. With the extreme wind behind him, even from 60 yards, the ball had great speed and movement, knuckling past a diving Crumpton to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead.
When the teams flipped, FAU went on the attack. Early on, they had four shots in the span of 1:08, the second of which, from Sean Gossman from a good 30-35 yards out, hit the crossbar and went straight down, where BGSU keeper Michael Wiest was able to corral it.
With exactly 11 minutes left to go, FAU freshman Conor Hagan tried a similarly long shot from the right side. The ball kept carrying, and Wiest nearly backpedaled over the goal line, but was able to stop just short and preserve the shutout.
Wiest had five saves in the win, while Crumpton had seven in his half of play. Scott Power substituted into the goal for FAU after halftime, and the one shot BGSU attempted in those 45 minutes was wide.
Eleven Owls in all took shots, with Gossman, Hagan, Tyler McNabb, Ramin Rahemi and Colton Johnson-Drymon each having one shot on goal.
The loss drops FAU to 0-6 in Mid-American Conference play, and 2-11-1 overall. Bowling Green, still fighting towards possibly the MAC's number two seed, is now 3-2-1 in conference and 7-7-3 overall.
Two more matches, both at home, are left in the regular season for the Owls. They face FIU on Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m., and then wrap up with MAC opponent Hartwick College on Sunday, November 4, at 4 p.m.