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Women’s soccer plays final home match Friday, travels to Ball State Sunday

The Central Michigan women’s soccer team will play its last home game against the Mid-American Conference East leader Miami (Ohio) Friday.

The Chippewas come into the weekend with momentum, winning six of their last seven games and in first place in the MAC West with a 7-1 conference record. The team will host Miami at 4:30 p.m. today.

“We’re looking for a big opportunity ahead of us,” senior midfielder Ashley Mejilla said. “We need to keep our momentum and confidence to keep winning as a team.”

On top of an opportunity at another MAC title, Mejilla was asked on Oct. 9 to try out for the Philippine national team.

“It’s just made the season that much better; it makes my senior year very special,” Mejilla said.

CMU only beat Miami last year 1-0 but dominated the game in terms of shot count. The Chippewas out-shot the Red Hawks 23-4, but head coach Neil Stafford expects a different outcome this year.

“Miami had all the same players last year, but they had a ton of bad luck, injuries and other freakish things that happened within their program,” Stafford said.

This year, the Chippewas can expect a different RedHawk team, coming in 14-2 overall with an 8-0 record in conference play.  Despite the numbers, the Chippewas are still confident at home.

“It’s always nice to play at home; we’re hoping to get some home-loving from fans and students for this game,” Stafford said. “We need it.”

The team will continue its season against Ball State Sunday. The Cardinals were also victims of defeat last year against the Chippewas. The team travels to BSU on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Like the RedHawks, CMU dominated the Cardinals in terms of shot count. The defense limited the BSU offense to only two shots in the entire game, while the CMU offense took 15 shots up.

Even though the Chippewas dominated both teams last year, Stafford said the team is not overly confident for the upcoming games.

“When you shoot the ball more often and when players have the ball more, they are more in-tune with the game,” Stafford said.

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