CMU soccer extends its home unbeaten streak to 31 games
One streak ends while another continues.
Central Michigan women’s soccer team extended its home unbeaten streak to 31 games when it beat Bowling Green State University 2-1 on Sunday at the CMU Soccer Complex. The team also won 1-0 against Miami of Ohio on Friday.
However, CMU’s shutout streak of 589:53 minutes was snapped during Sunday’s game when freshman Kenzie Schlemitz cut into CMU's 2-0 lead with her first goal of the season.
“We do pride ourselves on our defense, but stuff happens,” said CMU junior Bailey Brandon. “All we can do is learn from it.”
Brandon opened the scoring 16:56 into the game when she headed senior Claire Horton’s corner kick into the back of the net. It was her first goal of the season.
The Chippewas sustained a dominant offensive attack throughout the first half, firing 16 shots compared to BGSU’s three.
CMU had numerous opportunities to extend its lead, but could not capitalize on its scoring chances.
“We have to do a better job of taking our chances,” said head coach Neil Stafford. “That’s going to be either our life or its going to be the death of our program in regards to finishing those chances.”
In the second half, the Falcons responded with more energy, but the Chippewas were able to add to their lead in the 70th minute when sophomore Jennifer Gassman received Brandon’s throw in and elevated a shot into the top-right corner. Brandon recorded an assist on the goal for her third point of the game.
BGSU quickly responded with the goal by Schlemitz, but could not get the equalizer as the Chippewas held on for the win.
“I thought we had a pretty firm grip on the game,” Stafford said. “Apart from momentum changes, I didn’t see too much where I felt we were under immense threat.”
On Friday, CMU again had a strong offensive presence, but squandered several scoring opportunities to build a large lead.
Freshman Morgan Wilcoxon scored the games only goal after junior Ashley Mejilla chipped the ball over the Miami defense as Wilcoxon buried the opportunity. It was her second goal of the season.
CMU outshot the RedHawks 23-4.
With junior midfielder Autumn Hawkins out this weekend because of injury, other players had to step up and fill her starting role.
Sophomore Tammy Long received a bulk of the playing time with sophomore Tory Kinniard seeing some action as well.
Sophomore Nicole Samuel also saw some minutes as she came back from injury.
Stafford will have to make some choices in regards to playing time as the season progresses.
“As we get a little further and further into the season and into the postseason, there are going to be tough decisions.” Stafford said.