BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green began the season in style, scoring a pair of second-half goals to post a 2-0 victory against ninth-ranked Michigan on Friday evening. The non-conference match, the regular-season opener for both teams, was held before a capacity crowd at Cochrane Field.
Freshman Danny Baraldi scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal midway through the second half, and sophomore Ryan Snashall fired home the clinching goal with just two-and-a-half minutes remaining. The goals were the first of each player’s collegiate career.
Sophomore Michael Wiest, making his first collegiate start, made five saves to earn both his first win and his first shutout as a Falcon. Three of Wiest’s stops came in the second half, including two with the Falcons leading by a single goal.
The win was the Falcons’ first over a nationally-ranked team since the 2005 season. And, a crowd of 2,133 was on hand to witness the victory, more than triple the previous largest crowd at Cochrane Field in the last 15 years.