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Pelafas scores twice as soccer beats Massachusetts 3-1

(09/11/16 4:17pm)

With the return of sophomore striker Alexis Pelafas, Central Michigan soccer defeated Massachusetts 3-1 to move its record to 7-0 for the first time since 2006.Heading into Sunday’s contest, the Chippewas had already matched their 2015 win total of six.“I’m really proud of the team," said head coach Peter McGahey. "I think they did a good job bouncing back from an emotional game on Friday. I thought our resilience and pride was very good and special on the day.”After scoring once in the third minute of the game, Pelafas, who sat out during Friday’s win at Dartmouth, delivered once again in the 68th minute from eight yards out to give CMU a 3-1 lead. Pelafas is the sole leader in the NCAA with nine goals. She has scored in every game she's appeared in this season — scoring twice in three separate games. “I thought she did a really good job on both of her goals,” McGahey said.

Knutson named Mac Player of the Week after shutout weekend

(08/30/16 3:29pm)

One week after sophomore Lexi Pelafas earned Mid-American Offensive Player of the Week, another Central Michigan soccer player has earned All-Conference honors. Senior goalie Kristen Knutson was named MAC Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after her shutout performances against Youngstown State and Kansas State over the weekend. Knutson, who transferred from Minnesota, had to sit out the last two seasons, but has started every game for CMU this season.

Pelafas named MAC Offensive Player of the Week, in tie for most goals in NCAA

(08/23/16 2:35pm)

Central Michigan women's soccer sophomore Lexi Pelafas was named the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. After leading the Chippewas with four goals in 2015, the Wheaton, Illinois native tied that mark two games into the 2016 season. Pelafas scored both goals in the team's 2-0 win in the season opener at Duquesne on Friday and scored twice again in a 3-1 victory at Robert Morris on Sunday. Pelafas leads the MAC in goals and is tied for first in the NCAA.

Assistant Soccer Coach takes head coach position at Mount St. Mary's

(02/29/16 5:29pm)

Joe Nemzer has decided to leave his assistant coaching position at Central Michigan in order to become the head soccer coach at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland.Nemzer is the sixth head coach in the programs history. It is his first Division I head coaching opportunity. With the Chippewas, Nemzer’s official title was Director or External affairs, but he had many other duties.

Soccer has foundation built for seasons to come

(11/18/15 11:53pm)

A sturdy keel of any boat is the most crucial part to building a great ship.It’s the bottom-most beam, which the entire ship is constructed around, that gives he ship its structural strength.Head Soccer Coach Peter McGahey said his 2015 team was just that — a sturdy base for things to come.“I think you’re going to look back and see this as a foundational year for a lot of positive things to come in the future for this team to go through,” McGahey said.The youthful Chippewas finished the season 6-10-3, going 5-5-1 in Mid-American Conference play and falling to Buffalo in the first round of the MAC Tournament as the No. 6 seed. With only nine upperclassmen on the 27 player roster and just two players departing — seniors Kaelyn Korte and Maddie Bunnell, who is not taking her fifth year of eligibility — the Chippewas expect to return an experienced, battle-tested lineup in 2016. This includes All-MAC Second Team honoree junior forward Eliza Van de Kerkhove and four freshmen All-MAC honorees — defender Mary Carlson, forward Alexis Pelafas, forward Madison Pogarch and goalkeeper Zoie Reed.McGahey said the team transformed from a largely inexperienced group at the beginning of August, into a “wile old veteran team” before his eyes.

Five Chippewas Earn All-MAC Honors, Four All-Freshmen

(11/06/15 2:52pm)

Five Chippewa women’s soccer players were awarded 2015 All Mid-American Conference Team honors, Thursday, all will be returning in 2016.Ann Arbor junior mid fielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove received the highest honor making the All-MAC Second Team.Van de Kerkhove recorded three goals and six points playing in all 19 games.A MAC high, four freshmen earned post-season honors, making the Freshmen All-MAC Team.Team leading scorer forward/mid Alexis Pelafas logged four goals, eight points and 36 shots, appearing in all 19 games.Goalkeeper Zoie Reed went 6-8-2 in her freshmen campaign.