Women’s soccer grabbed its first back-to-back home wins of the season and now has a new leading scorer.
Junior forward Laura Gosse scored her second and third goals of the season in the Chippewas’ 3-0 pounding of Northern Illinois.
CMU (4-9-1, 4-2 in MAC) beat the two lowest-ranking teams in the Mid-American Conference West Division when they topped Toledo, 1-0, on Friday and NIU yesterday.
Both of Gosse’s goals came during the opening 13 minutes, which housed all three goals.
“The goals were not just little bity goals,” head coach Peter McGahey said. ”They were all really earned, good goals. I was really pleased with our start, but more importantly, how those goals got scored.”
Gosse’s first goal came less than a minute into the match when she buried a rebound off Nicole Samuel’s rocket shot that could not be contained by NIU goalkeeper Amy Carr.
Soon after, Gosse was at it again.
The new leading scorer went screaming through the box on a corner kick and headed the ball past Carr once again, igniting the loudest response from the crowd the team has received all season.
“It’s great to get the two goals, but it is for my team,” Gosse said. “We try not focus on individual accolades too much. We focus on us as a team more than anything else.”
McGahey said he has a special nickname for the kind of goals.
“We would call them Gosse goals,” he said. “Goal scorers can be funny. Sometimes they get in a rut and can’t find the back of the net. But she has just kept believing and trying.”
McGahey said Gosse benefits especially from the effort of her teammates.
“The goals are just the icing on the cake for her. She played a great game regardless of the goals,” McGahey said. “In the second half there was a run where Nikki (Samuel) got the ball deep and Gosse got open on the other side. Little things like that are massive for her performance.”