Field hockey beats Appalachian State, loses to No. 5 Duke
The Central Michigan field hockey team beat Appalachian State 6-0 only to have the script flipped in a 5-0 loss to Duke on Sunday.
It was clearly Goliath against the 1-13 Mountaineers and David versus No. 5 Duke.
The Blue Devils scored two goals in the middle of the first half after the Chippewas held them in check for the first 22 minutes.
Duke put salt on the wound by scoring two goals in the last eight minutes of the game, winning 5-0.
“The score doesn’t really show how well we played.” CMU midfielder Simone Lazar said. “We played a lot harder than the score (shows).”
CMU goalie Anastasia Netto faced a vaunted offense that fired 21 shots, compared to two by the Mountaineers.
The Chippewas offense had four shots after tallying 25 against ASU.
“I thought that (Duke’s) speed mattered more when we had the ball,” head coach Cristy Freese said. “They were quick to get on us, so I think we had to make some decisions quicker than we’re used to.”
The win against the Mountaineers marked CMU’s first winning streak of more than two games in the last two seasons.
CMU continued to share the ball with an assist for every goal scored. CMU was ranked 19th in assists with 2.43 per game entering Saturday’s game.
Redshirt sophomore Erica Garwood scored her first-career goal with family in attendance.
“Having my entire family there meant so much to me,” Garwood said. “To score my first collegiate goal ever was such a great experience.”
Garwood spent much of Friday night in the emergency room after injuring her elbow in practice. It did not seem to faze her after missing the last two seasons as a result of torn ACLs.
“We feel she’s been knocking on the door for goals in the past couple of games,” Freese said.
The Chippewas play for the No. 2 spot in the Mid-American Conference next weekend. They believe they are up for the challenge.
“We heard from their coaches and umpires that this is not the same team that they saw in the first week of the season,” Lazar said. “If we play our game going into next weekend, we can definitely keep second place.”
CMU plays against conference foes Kent State and Ohio next weekend to finish out the regular season.