Offensive struggles and a late goal doomed the women’s soccer team at the Hoosier Classic, as it lost to Ohio State (2-0) on Friday and Indiana (2-1) on Sunday.
On Sunday, the Chippewas were able to generate some early offense but were unable to overcome a late goal by IU.
“We are playing some very good teams that are very well organized and are hard to break down,” said head coach Peter McGahey.
The first shot of the game was a goal scored by junior midfielder Emily Cooksey, her first of the season. She found the back of the net from 12 yards out in the fourth minute, giving CMU the early 1-0 lead.
Cooksey was leading the team coming into the game with eight shots on goal. It was the Chippewas first goal since their home opener against Detroit on Aug. 25.
McGahey said the team came out strong early in the game but just could not find too many other chances to score against IU.
“I thought we came out and competed, scoring the first goal early,” McGahey said. “I thought we created a couple of other scoring chances, including one off the crossbar to make it 2-1 in the first half. We competed well while continuing to make progress.”
After the early goal, the team struggled to find any good scoring opportunities, with zero shots in the next 30 minutes, while the Hoosiers managed to have five in that same span.
IU had 21 shots in the game while CMU managed to record four.
The Hoosiers would even up the score in the 33rd minute with a goal of their own from 10 yards outside the box then took the lead in the 85th minute.
Goaltending was solid with junior Grace Labrecque starting in net for CMU and made eight saves in the game.
“They were well organized,” McGahey said. “I thought their counterattacks went well. They were definitely implementing some of the information and those things very well. They looked strong.”
Friday, the Ohio State offense was firing on all cylinders as it scored two goals on 25 shots, handing women’s soccer another loss, 2-0.
The first goal of the game came in the seventh minute as senior midfielder Danica Wu scored her first goal of the season from 20 yards, out giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.
McGahey said he thought that the team was able to produce good scoring chances and apply enough pressure on Ohio State to stay in the game.
“I thought it was an OK effort today,” McGahey said. “I thought we created some of our best offensive plays that we’ve created within the last month. I thought we had some quality chances and we made it hard on Ohio State.”
Freshman goalkeeper Heather Laeufer had two saves in the first half, holding strong against a relentless Buckeye attack that averages 1.83 goals per game this season.
McGahey said the team’s ability to play through pressure situations against quality opponents will only help the team moving forward in the season.
“I think an identity of this team is we are willing and able to absorb and withstand pressure,” McGahey said. “I think that is really something that is going to help us as we continue on in the season.”
Laeufer was solid in goal for the Chippewas. She maintained her high level of play, despite the constant offensive pressure being applied by OSU to begin the second period.
The second goal of the game, a header after a free kick, was tacked on by OSU in the 67th minute, giving the Buckeyes a 2-0 advantage.
The Chippewas will head back home and face Dayton Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.