BGSU senior Skylar Fleak splits two defenders in a game against Michigan State University.
BGSU SOCCER TEAMS OFF TO A STRONG START
Bowling Green State University’s Eric Nichols, the 2016 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, is in his ninth year leading the men’s soccer program at the University.
The Falcons were 9-6-4 in 2016, finishing second in the conference for the program's best showing since the 2002 season. BGSU was undefeated at Cochrane Stadium for the first time since 1996.
The Falcons debuted in the United Soccer Coaches poll Sept. 12 at No. 19, the University’s highest ranking since being ranked No. 15 at the end of the 1997 season.
BGSU, which is undefeated in its last home 12 matches at Cochrane, had a 5-1 mark heading into Saturday’s home game against the University of Cincinnati after a 4-0 overall start for the third consecutive season.
Several players recently have earned various conference and national honors this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia of Toulouse, France, was named the MAC Player of the Week on Sept. 5. Sophomore forward Chris Brennan of Copley, Ohio, junior defender Moe Mustafa of Westlake, Ohio, and senior defender Alexis Souahy of Saint Etienne au Mont, France, each has been named to various national teams of the week during September.
Brennan (two goals, four assists, eight points) and Mustafa (three goals, one assist, seven points) lead the Falcons in scoring. This week, the Falcons travel to Notre Dame on Tuesday and Ohio State on Friday.
BGSU’s women’s team, led by Matt Fannon in his first season as coach, was 4-2 heading into Friday night’s game against Robert Morris University for its final nonconference game. Skylar Fleak and Rachel Winters celebrated Senior Day by providing the Falcons’ two goals. Winters’ score was her second-game winner of the season, while goalkeeper Victoria Cope earned her second shutout.
Fleak of Sunbury, Ohio, was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season Sept. 13. She scored four points the previous week and helped lead BGSU to a pair of wins over Horizon League opponents. She began the week with her first-career, multi-assist game in the Falcons' 3-1 victory at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Fleak leads the Falcons with five goals, three assists and 13 points and is 10th nationally in points per game (2.17) and in the top 20 in goals per game and total points.
"Once again, this is a thoroughly deserved award, made possible because everyone on our team understands and performs their roles excellently," Fannon said. "Fortunately for Sky, her role is creating and scoring goals, and she is crushing it, so she gets the plaudits."
This week, BGSU plays host to Ball State University on Friday.
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