Women’s soccer fans fell silent when senior midfielder Kaely Schlosser fell to the ground in the 19th minute of the home opener against Detroit on Sunday.
The star midfielder was down for several moments and had to be helped from the field after colliding with a Titan player as the Chippewas trailed 1-0 in the first half.
She did not return for the rest of the game. The Chippewas tied Detroit 2-2 in double overtime.
Head coach Peter McGahey would not comment on the extent of Schlosser’s apparent leg injury but said she will be evaluated on Monday.
“It happened right in front of me and … it looked bad,” McGahey said, shaking his head. “The first-class medical team we have here will take a look at her and check it out, and we’ll get her back as soon as we can.”
Schlosser was seen holding her right leg near the knee area as she lay on the ground in pain.
Junior forward Laura Gosse, who scored the game-tying goal in the 81st minute, was just behind Schlosser when she went to the ground.
“It was hard to watch,” Gosse said of her fallen teammate. “But she’s a fighter and a leader, and that’s what all Chippewas do. We battle through those tough things and get better. Hopefully, we can get her back real soon.”
Schlosser was arguably the Chippewas’ best returning talent this season. She had eight points in 23 games last year and had totaled 156 career shots as a Chippewa as of Sunday.
She tallied six shots, including the game-winning goal when CMU played UDM last season. Schlosser finished the 2012 campaign with 73 shots.
She took four shots, one on goal, in the Chippewas’ 2-1 overtime loss to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA tournament last November.
Schlosser remained on the sidelines following her injury, a towel around her neck as she cheered her teammates on.
Her aggressive nature on the field bled into her demeanor off the field as she sat on a water cooler.
“She’s an emotional leader for us, and she’s part of a very special senior class this year,” McGahey said. “I’m their third coach in four years. You have a real historical context and connection to the tradition here with that group.”
No penalty was called on the play during which Schlosser was hurt.
“There were a few things that did not get called in this one,” Gosse said. “I think in the end we fought hard enough physically and mentally and that’s good enough for us.”
The Chippewas’ next game is Friday when they travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to play West Virginia.
CMU’s next home game will be Friday, Sept. 20, when it hosts Dayton.