Women’s soccer couldn’t find much consistency this weekend at the Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore., losing 1-0 to No. 10 Portland on Friday and 2-0 against Washington Sunday.
On Sunday against Washington it was more about the lack of defense than it was the offensive struggles to score goals.
“I think we’re trying to put together a little more confidence and pizzaz,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “I think there are definitely some things we will be working on this week in practice.”
Five different players were able to record shots on goal for CMU, but the Huskies defense held strong throughout the game. Junior midfielder Emily Cooksey led CMU with two shots.
Washington was successful at attacking the net and putting pressure on the Chippewas defense all afternoon.
McGahey said Washington’s ability to keep the ball and attack the net was the key to winning the game.
“I thought Washington was able to have good ball possession and a good attack rate,” McGahey said.
The Huskies outshot CMU 21-6 in the game, while freshman goalkeeper Maddy Bunnell had five saves.
McGahey said he was pleased with how Bunnell performed against Washington.
“Our plan was to start Maddie this weekend,” McGahey said. “I was very pleased with her Chippewa debut.”
Scoring came midway in the first half during the 25th minute for Washington, as freshman forward Becca Schoales scored her first goal of the season making it 1-0 Huskies.
The only three shots on goal for CMU came between the 33rd and 35th minute of the match. Two were missed from the top of the box, while one shot missed from the far right wing.
During the second half of play results were not much different.
Scoring chances seemed to be at a minimum for the Chippewas, while the Huskies tacked on another goal in the 52nd minute scoring a goal that hit off the top left crossbar making it a 2-0 game.
The game winning goal on Saturday came for Portland in the 81st minute. Senior midfielder Ellen Parker scored the lone goal from inside the box sealing the victory for the Pilots.
In front of a crowd of more than 2,000, CMU held its own against one of the top programs in the country.
Portland came out aggressive on the offensive end. The Pilots recorded eight shots in the first period, while finishing with 16 total shots.
The Chippewas struggled to find any consistency offensively, managing to record only one shot on goal in the game.
While trying to find more ways to score, head coach Peter McGahey made 14 player substitutions during the game.
Although the Pilots came out firing a flurry of shots on goal early, freshman goalkeeper Heather Laeufer was ready for the challenge. She had seven saves in the game playing all 90 minutes.
McGahey said Laeufer looked great in goal against a talented Portland team making the necessary stops she had to make.
“I thought Heather played great on Friday,” McGahey said. “She made the saves she needed to make.”
Two yellow cards were handed out in the match, including one that went to Chippewas junior forward Laura Gosse in the seventh minute.
The only shot on goal by CMU was recorded by sophomore midfielder Kaylin Korte in the 40th minute off a Portland foul.
Next week CMU heads to Bloomington, Ind. to play Ohio State on Friday, followed by a matchup with Indiana on Sunday. Both games will kickoff at 3:30 p.m.