Women’s soccer started its season off with a 2-2 draw in double overtime Sunday against reigning Horizon League champion Detroit Mercy.
Defense was the Titans strength last season, while the Chippewas averaged 1.43 goals per game last season, good enough for third in the Mid-American Conference.
Head coach Peter McGahey said he was happy with how his team responded in the second half in terms of being more aggressive on offense.
“The message at halftime was pretty simple. It was that this is a long game, and you just have to keep playing and not to panic,” McGahey said. “I thought in the second half, it was really good emotion to pull two goals back. I thought in the second half we looked more assertive and passed the ball better.”
CMU had 23 shots on goal in the game, while UDM managed to strike 11 on goal.
The Titans would score the first goal of the game in the 35th minute on their first shot on goal.
CMU’s first good chance to score came in the 29th minute, when a corner kick came in and junior forward Laura Gosse tried to put it in the back of the net off her head.
Gosse said the team wanted to come out and play physical against a solid defensive team in Detroit.
“I think we fought really well coming back twice,” Gosse said. “We were really happy fighting back with both goals. We were trying to be physical.”
In the 52nd minute, the Chippewas were finally able to find the back of the net, tying it up at one with a goal by senior forward Jennifer Gassman. Junior forward Morgan Wilcoxon contributed with the assist.
In the second half, CMU came out aggressively on offense with good ball possession, leading to a few scoring chances.
McGahey said the two goals scored by his team will be used to help the team further along in the season.
“Those two goals are certainly building blocks for the future,” McGahey said. “On most days, that second goal is the game winner, just not today.”
There was no answer for the attacking style of play the Chippewas were exhibiting for much of the second half, as UDM struggled to find any consistency offensively.
The go-ahead goal for the Titans came in the 79th minute, giving them a 2-1 advantage.
But it didn’t last.
Soon after that goal, Gosse responded with a goal of her own in the 81st minute, making it a 2-2 game. The assist came from sophomore defensemen Taylor Potts.
Early on in the contest, senior midfielder Kaely Schlosser went down with a leg injury and didn’t return, she will receive further evaluation Monday.
McGahey couldn’t say what happened to his senior leader, but she did need help off the field during the 19th minute of play.
CMU will now begin a six-game road trip starting with West Virginia Friday at 5 p.m. McGahey said the team can take their game against UDM and learn from it as they embark on a challenging schedule.
“It can’t do anything but help us,” McGahey said. “I think today you saw the character of our team. I think a lot of the things we can clean up and correct and get better. I don’t think the women, and certainly not me, are intimidated about what’s in front of us.”