Field hockey falters in loss to Vermont

Junior Harriet Aburn takes the ball out, Oct. 22, CMU Field Hockey complex.

The Central Michigan field hockey team failed to produce offensive chances against Vermont as the team dropped their third straight game by a score of 3-0.

"Vermont came out and played really well," head coach Molly Pelowski said. "They pressed really well and we folded under pressure."

The Chippewas would fail to register a single shot in the first half as Vermont quickly got out to a 3-0 lead. Vermont tallied three goals on twelve shots in the first half. 

"They played really well on defense and pressed us and kept us from getting a shot off in the first half," Pelowski said.

The Catamounts would jump out to their first lead just one minute into the game when Lauren Tucker netted one past Chippewas goaltender, Lily Amadio. Tucker’s goal was assisted by Olivia Hurd and Kayla Godsman.

Almost ten minutes after the first goal, Vermont put two more in the back of the net in less than five minutes. 

Kyra Lee found the back of the net eleven minutes into the first half pushing the lead to 2-0 for the Catamounts. Fifteen minutes in, Landon Warren pushed the lead to three. Both goals were unassisted.

Coming out of halftime the Chippewas faced a steep hill to climb to get back into this game, according to Pelowski.

"Part of the halftime speech was to come out and tighten up on defense and I feel like we did a good job of that," Pelowski said.

Though the Chippewas failed to produce on offense, the defense did step up in the second half. The Chippewas only allowed four shots on net compared to twelve in the first half. 

CMU looks to improve for their next game in two days.

"We are a good team and we match-up well against American," Pelowski said. "But, it all starts between our ears. We need to be mentally tough."

The Chippewas wrap up their weekend in East Lansing when they take on American University at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.