When senior soccer midfielder Kaely Schlosser was forced to leave Sunday due to an apparent leg injury, coach Peter McGahey feared the worst.
On Wednesday, McGahey did not offer specifics on Schlosser’s injury, but he warned it could sideline her.
“We are still waiting on the official word from the doctors on it,” McGahey said. “I think the reality is that there is a certain degree of seriousness to it that we just haven’t had confirmed yet.”
Schlosser was seen using crutches to exit soccer practice Wednesday and tweeted earlier this week that she was “trying to find the positives in everything.”
McGahey commended Schlosser’s attitude around the team since her season was thrown into jeopardy less than a week ago.
“Her personality, her perspective and her leadership is good, and she certainly has a positive attitude,” McGahey said. “It speaks to her love of her teammates and how much she cares about the team and wants them to be successful.”
Before the season began, many regarded Schlosser as CMU’s best returning talent in 2013. She had eight points in 23 games last year and totaled 156 career shots as of last Sunday.
The Chippewas have no time to sulk in the negativity of losing one of their most productive and inspiring players.
CMU heads out on a lengthy East Coast road trip this weekend. On Friday night, the women face West Virginia, who tied No. 2 Penn State last week. The Chippewas will then head to Pittsburgh for a test against the Panthers.
“Someone is going to have to step up and play in her spot,” McGahey said. “Who, how, what is going to pick up … we just don’t know that yet, but somebody else is going to have to go in there and take care of that.”
Schlosser was not made available to reporters following practice Wednesday, but nodded her head and said “great” when asked how she was feeling.
Check cm-life.com for updates on Schlosser’s injury and the Chippewas East Coast road trip this weekend.