Don’t jump onto the women’s soccer bandwagon just yet.
The Chippewas got an all-too-familiar taste of bitter defeat when they lost a heartbreaking match to Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan 1-0 on Friday.
CMU (2-8-1) fell to 2-1 in conference play with the loss while the Broncos picked up just their second road victory of the season.
“(Western Michigan) really only had about two good scoring chances,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “When they score on one of them, we are going to be in trouble at that point.”
The Chippewas played an outstanding first half, outshooting WMU 10-1 and controlling the tempo of the match for most of the opening period.
But a dagger-like goal by Broncos junior Aubrey Sudmoier put the them on top by one with less than six minutes remaining in the game and CMU could not respond.
“Hats off to Sudmoier. Quite frankly it was a first class goal,” McGahey said. “Today we were just missing that last play … last tackle … last piece to win.”
Per McGahey’s request, no players were made available to the media following the loss.
The Chippewas were visibly frustrated following a plethora of scoring opportunities, especially in the first half.
Sophomore midfielder Kaelyn Korte missed an open net with 15 minutes remaining in the opening period before hitting the left upright with just over five minutes until halftime. Korte finished the game with three shots, including one on goal.
Leading the Chippewas offensively was another midfielder, junior Emily Cooksey. Cooksey blasted a game-high five shots counting one on goal that sailed just over the post early in the second half.
“In the second half we seemed to be lacking our sharpness just a little bit,” McGahey said. “We did enough to break them down multiple times. We just couldn’t get one to go.”
Although she could not stop the eventual game-winning goal, junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque was solid making three fantastic saves, all in the second half.
CMU will have a quick turnaround at 1 p.m. Sunday with Eastern Michigan (5-4-1) in town. EMU is regarded as one of the best offensive teams in the MAC and was carrying a five-game winning streak into action Friday.