The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team took care of business in the regular-season opener Friday night (Aug. 30). Five different Falcons scored, and the BG defense kept a clean sheet in a 5-0 win over Malone University at Cochrane Field.
Seniors Ryan Comiskey, Anthony Grant, Brandon Silva and Ryan Snashall and sophomore Ryan James all scored for the Falcons, who outshot the Pioneers by a 23-5 count. At the other end of the pitch, senior goalkeeper Michael Wiest was called upon to make just one save in his complete-match shutout effort.
Wiest picked up an assist on the Falcons' third goal of the night, and redshirt freshman Max Auden also recorded an assist in his collegiate debut.
Senior outside backs Matt Griesinger and Zach Schewee joined the attack on numerous occasions throughout the night. Twice within the first 12 minutes of play, Griesinger played a through ball that just missed putting a teammate in on goal. Griesinger and junior Vlad Lekarev worked a give-and-go in the 13th minute that sent Griesinger into the box, but the Falcons were whistled for one of their no fewer than 11 offside calls on the night.
Another Griesinger pass indirectly resulted in the Falcons' first goal. The senior played a short diagonal ball to Grant, who was stationed just outside the 18-yard box with his back to the goal. As Grant looked to elude his defender, he was hauled down just outside the box. The senior took the ensuing free kick, and neatly curled it into the upper-right-hand corner of the goal. With 15:11 gone, the Brown and Orange had the lead for good.
Twenty minutes had expired when Grant had another scoring chance. As he worked his way into the box, Malone goalkeeper Felipe Monteiro knocked the ball off of Grant's foot. It came out to Griesinger, who quickly fired a long shot as Monteiro was out of his net. But, the shot was off target.
Schewee got forward in the 24th minute, as the Falcons put five or six passes together. The senior made a run into the box, getting past a defender with several nifty moves. His short crossing ball, however, was knocked out of play by a Malone backliner just before it reached a teammate.
With just under 32 minutes gone, Snashall doubled the Falcons' lead. The senior stole the ball from a Malone player in BG's offensive third of the pitch. Snashall took several touches as he headed down the field, and blasted a shot just prior to reaching the penalty area. Monteiro got a hand on the hard shot, but could not prevent it from hitting the back of the net.
The scoring chances were coming fast and furious for the Falcons. Grant took a pass from Silva and fired a shot from the right side that hit the woodwork where the goalpost meets the crossbar. Less than a minute later, another pass by Silva found the foot of Comiskey, who drilled a shot just wide of the frame. The Falcons had a 12-1 advantage in first-half shot attempts, and BG took that 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Malone's long first-half shot was an effort from distance that was blocked by a BG defender.