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After a 6-10-3 record and being eliminated in the quarter finals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament last season, the Central Michigan women's soccer team received three votes to win the 2016 MAC Tournament by the coaches. CMU is not the only team with three votes for the tournament.
Heather Cato, a former Division II and Division III head coach for soccer, has been hired by Central Michigan's soccer program to be an assistant coach.Cato was the head coach at Rodgers State in Oklahoma for the last two seasons.
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.
Peter McGahey, head coach of CMU’s soccer team, has a motto he employs from time-to-time, which refers to the feeling of camaraderie felt across the university as a whole and that is: ‘Chips helping Chips.’With the help of the Herbert H.
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 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.
With two seconds left on the clock and in Central Michigan soccer’s season, freshman forward and midfielder Alexis Pelafas buried a game-tying shot to send CMU and Buffalo into overtime.
It’s been five years since a women’s soccer Mid-American Conference Tournament trophy has come to Mount Pleasant.
Fans were bundled up, Thursday, as they withstood the cold October winds to watch Central Michigan soccer play its final regular season game of 2015.The Chippewas (6-10-2, 5-5-1 MAC) fell to Toledo (9-11-0, 5-6-0 MAC) two goals to none.After winning 3-0 over Ohio, Sunday, Central Michigan’s offense didn’t make the trip back to Mount Pleasant, only creating six shots on goal—half of Toledo’s total.“If you’re rating overall, I don’t think today’s performance was very good,” Central Michigan Head Coach Peter McGahey said.
Playing in their second-to-last match of the season, the Central Michigan soccer team emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Ohio Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference East Division.“I’m really quite pleased with how the team responded overall on the weekend,” said Head Coach Peter McGahey.
A final minute bombardment couldn’t even the score, Friday night, as Central Michigan soccer lost its fourth conference game and ninth overall to Kent State, 3-2.A victory and the Chippewas (5-9-1 (4-4-1 MAC)) would have jumped Kent State (10-5-2 (6-3-0 MAC)) for fifth place in the conference standings.
They refer to themselves as the ‘GK Crew’ and spend more time together than anyone else on Central Michigan’s soccer team.Made up of seniors Maddy Bunnell and Kristen Knutson as well as freshman Zoie Reed, the Chippewa goalkeeper crew is almost inseparable.
Coming off a 3-0 shutout win at Akron, Central Michigan soccer couldn’t spoil senior day at Buffalo, Sunday.The Chippewas (5-8-2, 4-3-1 Mid-American Conference) had the tables turned on them in the weekend finale at UB Stadium, losing 3-0.Central Michigan Head Coach Peter McGahey said his team struggled to match Buffalo’s energy in the first half, allowing two goals to pass goalkeeper Zoie Reed.Buffalo (9-5-2, 5-2-1 MAC) registered its third goal at the 86:40 mark, when Buffalo’s Nicole Gerritz nudged in a pass from teammate Angel Hart.“I think one of those three (goals) we could have had back,” McGahey said.
Freshman goalie Zoie Reed of Central Michigan's soccer team has been named the Mid-American Conference's Defensive Player of the Week.Reed recorded a pair of shutouts over the weekend against conference opponents Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green, both of which were overtime results.A native of Woodbridge, Connecticut, Reed made four saves in Friday's 0-0 draw against EMU and made four more saves in Sunday's victory over BGSU.
In their second consecutive overtime match, Central Michigan soccer wrapped up a four-game homestand by defeating Bowling Green 1-0 Sunday afternoon at the CMU Soccer/Lacrosse complex.CMU was 2-1-1 in the homestand, which is the longest stretch at home it will have this season. The Chippewas are 4-7-2 overall (3-2-1 MAC). “I think the thing that feels the best about today is how responded after a frustrating performance on Friday,” Head Coach Peter McGahey said.
It took an extra 20 minutes for the Central Michigan University
and Eastern Michigan soccer match to come to a decision, Friday night.Central Michigan nearly missed out on victory in the first
of two sudden death overtimes, as the ball came within inches of crossing the
Eastern Michigan goal line before a sliding Eagle defender cleared it to save
the game.At the end of the second overtime, the final score remained
a 0-0 stalemate, giving both teams a point in Mid-American Conference play.The tie is Central Michigan’s second this season and first
in MAC play.Central Michigan continued its trend of starting games
slowly, something McGahey said following Sunday’s loss to Ball State was an
aspect his team needed to fix.
Soccer fans at Central Michigan University see the 90 minutes of action on the pitch between the Chippewas and their opponents, but don’t see the hours of dedication put in by the team’s coaching staff, athletic trainers and 28 players who make up the 2015 soccer unit.Head Coach Peter McGahey said practices typically take longer to plan than they do to execute.“One of the things we were working on was twofold,” McGahey said.
Bringing a two-game shutout winning streak into Sunday, Central Michigan soccer couldn’t make it three as conference front-runner Ball State capped off the Chippewas’ weekend with a 2-1 loss.After splitting the weekend against two teams with four-game winning streaks, the Chippewas are 2-2 in Mid-American Conference play and 3-7-1 overall.With Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green coming to town this Friday and Sunday, the Chippewa offense will need a kick start to get back on track in MAC play.The team has four total goals in four conference matches, while allowing three to opponents.“Our (offensive) rhythm at times is really quite good,” said third year Head Coach Peter McGahey.