CMU soccer remains unbeaten at home for second-straight season
The Central Michigan women’s soccer team has gone unbeaten at home for the second-straight season.
The Chippewas put the finishing touches on a perfect home season Sunday afternoon when they defeated Ball State 1-0 on senior day at the CMU Soccer Complex.
CMU finished the regular season 6-0-1 at home and only allowed one goal. Its unbeaten streak now sits at 33-straight games.
“I’m really happy with today’s win,” head Coach Neil Stafford said, “Ball State is a really good, organized program and they have some good players on their team. Any time we can get three points out of a game against a team like that, it speaks volumes about our program and our players.”
The Cardinals recorded one of their two shots on goal in the first minute of play. From there, the Chippewas controlled play.
In the 25th minute, sophomore midfielder Kaely Schlosser fired the first of several long-shot attempts by the Chippewas, but junior goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler made a diving save to her right.
Senior Co-Captain Liesel Toth nearly gave CMU the lead with five minutes to go in the first half when she fired a shot from 40 yards out that Buehler was just able to deflect over the crossbar.
CMU finally got on the board in the 74th minute after a scoreless first half when it’s other captain, Claire Horton dropped a free kick from 25 yards out behind Buehler and into the back of the net.
“It was funny because I usually take that kick,” Toth, who got the assist on the goal, said. “But Claire said she was going to take this one and there’s no arguing with that. It was perfect because she deserves that. She brings so much to the team.”
CMU outshot the Cardinals 15-to-2 and held the advantage in corner kicks 9-to-1.
Redshirt freshman Grace Labrecque and junior Stefanie Turner split the game in the Chippewa net. Labrecque saved the only two shots she faced.
Friday the Chippewas defeated fellow Mid-American Conference contender Toledo 1-0.
Ashley Mejilla scored her team-leading fourth goal in the 76th minute off an assist from junior defender Katie Slaughter to give the Chippewas the win.
The loss was the first in conference play for the Rockets.
“Overall, I’m happy with how we played,” Stafford said. “I thought we played fantastic in the first half, especially. We applied a lot of pressure to Toledo in the first half and didn’t really allow them to get anything going.”
Turner started in goal. She had three saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season.