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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.
An important home stand began Friday night with a 1-0 win by Central Michigan soccer as they squared off against the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Miami RedHawks.Friday night's match was just the second match to be played at the new CMU soccer/lacrosse stadium as well as the first night game in the program's history.
With two Mid-American Conference matches behind them, Central Michigan's soccer team has a prime opportunity to go on a run and gain some ground this weekend.Opening MAC play with a 1-0 loss to WMU and a 2-0 victory over Northern Illinois on the road, the Chippewas return home to play in their brand new stadium for just the second time this season.Fortunately for CMU, they will not have to worry about weekend travels, as they have for a good portion of the season.
Central Michigan University soccer ended its three-game losing and goalless streak by defeating Northern Illinois 2-0 on the road Sunday afternoon.A victory against the Mid-American Conference opponent improves CMU’s record to 2-6-1 (1-1-0 MAC), while NIU drops to 2-7.“Sometimes finding results in the MAC is challenging,” said Head Coach Peter McGahey.
It has been three matches since Central Michigan soccer has scored a goal as Friday’s contest against Western Michigan ended in a 1-0 loss, marking the team’s third consecutive defeat.“(Western) had two or three chances in the whole game,” Head Coach Peter McGahey said.
The club soccer team won’t need to traipse through The Cabin with their cleats to use its bathrooms anymore.Thursday’s ribbon-cutting at the new Central Michigan Lacrosse, Soccer and Recreation Facility marks a new era for both club and varsity soccer and lacrosse.The $8 million facility was completed in eight months and includes a turf field, stadium lights, locker rooms and a concessions area among other amenities.“It was a huge project that got completed with the two words I really like about construction projects: On time and within budget,” said CMU President George Ross.The soccer team played its first game on the new field, which has yet to be formally named, on Sunday in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Illinois State.“We’ve never been able to step away at halftime,” said junior midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove.
With the nonconference season behind them, Central Michigan University soccer has a new challenge in facing familiar opponents from the Mid-American Conference.The Chippewas will take on Western Michigan at 4 p.m.