Women’s soccer returns home for the first time since its season opening draw to take on Dayton tonight at 5 p.m.
It was a rough six-game road stretch for the Chippewas. The team finished 0-6 and was outscored 12-1.
CMU has held strong against some quality opponents this season, including No. 16 Portland and previously ranked Ohio State.
Head coach Peter McGahey said the team is still trying to find consistency offensively in order to take advantage of scoring chances.
“I think we created some very good chances against Indiana,” McGahey said. “One shot hit the post and we created two or three other really good chances. I think we still have to find a rhythm and a flow in terms of getting in behind our opponent, which is something we have worked on this week. We’ll see how it goes (today).”
CMU is coming off a tough loss to Indiana last Sunday, giving up the game-winning goal in the last five minutes of the game, losing 2-1.
Junior midfielder Emily Cooksey has been a bright spot for the Chippewas. She scored the lone goal for CMU on the recent road trip and leads the team in both shots and shots on goal with 17 and nine, respectively.
Coming into this game, Dayton is 3-4-1. The Flyers are sixth in the A-10 Conference, standing with 15 goals in eight games this season while averaging 1.75 goals per game.
Taking advantage of scoring opportunities is something CMU has struggled to do all season, averaging only 0.43 goals per game.
On the other hand, the defense has been a strong point. McGahey said the team is making progress toward becoming a good defensive team.
“I think we are becoming a good defending team,” McGahey said. “That is something that we are certainly seeing right now. There is good consistency, and we are becoming a hard team to break down defensively and that is positive.”
Sophomore midfielder Ashley Campbell leads the Flyers in goal with six and is the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the week with three goals and an assist last weekend.
Another strong point for the Chippewas this season has been the strong play of the goalkeepers.
Freshmen Heather Laeufer and Maddy Bunnel have both started in goal this season, combining for 28 saves. Senior Grace Labrecque has started two games in net, recording 10 saves.
McGahey said he really liked the amount of excitement and energy the team showed in practice all week.
“I liked the enthusiasm we’ve had in practice this week,” McGahey said. “ They’ve had a good jump to their step, and I think they’re really glad to be playing at home tomorrow.”