Sometimes, a fresh start can make a world of difference to a struggling team.
The winless women’s soccer team will press the reset button on it’s season this weekend as it begins Mid-American Conference play with a pair of games in the Ohio.
The Chippewas (0-7-1) head to Kent State (5-3-0) this afternoon to face the Golden Flashes at 4 p.m. Before heading home, they will take on Ohio (4-2-2) in another conference test Sunday at 1 p.m.
“We’ve just been telling the women the season starts over now with conference play starting,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “We are focused on taking things one step, one game at a time.”
Kent State is coming off a 3-0 victory over Youngstown State last week. Golden Flash goalkeeper Stephanie Senn made three saves in her third shutout of the season.
Meanwhile, CMU has been struggling to find offensive rhythm this season. It has been shutout in six of the eight games it has played this year and has posted just 71 shots while giving up 141 to opponents in 2013.
“We need to cut down on what we are calling ‘critical errors’ offensively,” McGahey said. “It’s not like we are having difficulty developing scoring chances; we just need to make sure we play the whole game.”
Kent State has not lost at home this season.
Two days later, CMU will look to play spoiler to an impressive win streak when they head to Athens, Ohio.
The Bobcats are riding a five-game unbeaten streak and coming off two consecutive shutouts as they finished non-conference play.
“The MAC is going to be tough; we knew that before the season started,” McGahey said. “We have to focus on ourselves and what the issues are that will help us get better, and the rest will take care of itself.”
The Chippewas played arguably some their best soccer in their most recent loss to Dayton, last Friday.
Senior forward Nicole Samuel, who hit the post in the first half of that loss, said CMU refuses to “roll over” after taking a beating from a tough non-conference schedule to start the year.
“We have played some really good teams this year,” Samuel said. “We are staying positive through everything. Our goals are still in front of us and that’s really the only thing we think about.”
This might be the most crucial weekend of the season for the Chippewas, their head coach explained.
“You have to break the whole season down,” McGahey said. “If you want a third season and a fourth season then you have to start your second season well.”
Check cm-life.com for updates on the beginning of the Chippewas “second season” this weekend.