Sophomore midfielder Kaelyn Korte scored her first career goal as a Chippewa Sunday during soccer’s 2-1 victory at Ohio.
The sophomore transfer student from Creighton said bringing home CMU’s first and second Mid-American Conference victories of the season was the most rewarding part of her weekend.
“It felt great. We’ve been through so much compared to other teams (in the MAC),” Korte said. “It felt really good to know we dug ourselves into this hole but now we are climbing back out of it. We just have our heads held high and we are ready to finish.”
MAC play has only just begun for the revitalized Chippewas. As a showdown with archrival Western Michigan approaches Friday, Korte credited her teammates for her goal in Athens.
“Every game from here on out we are just trying to win and push on,” she said. “It felt awesome (to score). To be honest, I didn’t expect it. I wasn’t going to be able to get to the initial pass. Laura (Gosse) was able to get a touch on it and we made it happen.”
Korte’s shot was one of the season-high nine shots the Chippewas put on goal Sunday. Korte’s goal tied the Chippewas second conference match of the year at one, just before halftime.
The Chippewas offense was much improved as MAC play started, CMU totaled 20 shots through two games and ended Ohio’s five-game winning streak.
Korte, a graduate of Shattuck St. Mary’s High School in Minnesota (famous for producing some of the country’s best student-athletes), said she has connected with first-year head coach Peter McGahey immensely as the season has progressed.
“I wouldn’t trade coming to CMU for anything. I absolutely love it,” Korte said. “I know Peter is in the exact same boat I am in. He has to meet a whole new group of people just like I do, so we can relate that way.”
The Chippewas host Western Michigan at 4 p.m. Friday and then Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday.
A former All-Conference High School standout, Korte said she is slowly finding her niche on a team reclaiming its identity and proving many critics wrong.
“Obviously every change we go through is going to be a difficult adjustment for us,” she said. “The girls are so supportive of me and of the entire team. They’ve become some of my best friends, and I believe we can be successful.”