Soccer needs help to grab higher seed in MAC Tournament

Emily Brouwer/Staff Photographer Ball State freshman defender Abbey Fiser runs after CMU freshman mid-fielder Emily Cooksey during a soccer game against the Ball State Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at the Bennet Track on the campus of Central Michigan University.

The soccer team might not know it’s seeding in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship Tournament until the last possible minute.

With wins by Western Michigan (7-1-2 MAC), Eastern Michigan (7-2-1 MAC) and a tie by Miami (Ohio) (6-1-3 MAC) on Sunday, the Chippewas hold the No. 4 seed heading into the final week of the season.

CMU (7-3-0 MAC) will host winless Bowling Green (0-8-2 MAC) at 3 p.m. Thursday at the CMU Soccer Complex in the final game of the regular season.

The Broncos play the Eagles to decide the winner of the MAC West Division on Thursday. The RedHawks head to Ball State looking to secure the No. 3 seed on Thursday.

“We don’t dwell on rankings and standings and things like that too much,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “Since day one we have been taking this one step at a time and taking care of what is in front of us first.”

In the event that WMU and EMU tie and MU loses, the Chippewas would have an opportunity to grab the No. 3 seed heading into the tournament.

The Chippewas only conference loses this season have come at the hands of WMU, EMU and MU.

“Those are all really good teams,” said senior forward Nicole Samuel. “We can beat them or anyone else if we stick to our game plan and play the way we know we can.”

CMU claimed an emotional victory Sunday when Samuel scored in double overtime on Senior Day to give the Chippewas a 1-0 win over Ball State.

Team leading scorer, junior Laura Gosse, said CMU would love an opportunity to knock off or surpass one of the three teams in particular.

“It would be really nice to beat Miami,” she said. “They knocked us out of the tournament last year. It would make that victory a little bit sweeter.”


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