Soccer loses final game of 2014, eliminated from tournament contention

Central Michigan University’s soccer team finished their season with a scoreless tie against Toledo on Thursday afternoon.

With the defeat the Chippewas have finished in last place of the Mid-American Conference’s West division for 2104.

CMU conceded 20 shots against Toledo, but only four were on net. The Chippewa defense has been impenetrable in their last three games


“We have nothing to hang our head on today in terms of the performance that we put out,” said Head Coach Peter McGahey. “Games like today are hard when only one result will do.”

“I am very pleased with the overall performances.”

Although they finished at the bottom of the division, the race was so close CMU could have made the conference tournament based on results of other games from around the MAC.

Even after the loss, the Chippewas can walk away having received some quality goaltending to round out the end of the season.

Sophomore goalkeeper, Heather Laeufer, went 464 minutes, nearly eight hours of being not conceding a single goal. In her last four games she won three clean sheets with the help of her defense.

“Heather made a couple very good saves near the end of the game and she was great from corner kicks,” said McGahey. “I’m very pleased and proud of her today and she was a catalyst for our late season success.”

The Chippewas ended their 2014 campaign with 13 points overall. which was not enough to make the tournament in the west but would have been good enough to do so in the east division.

McGahey’s team will have nine of his second half starting 11 players return to the squad next season. CMU will lose three seniors: record goal scorer Laura Gosse, Jennifer “Bea” Gassman and Emily Cooksey.

“Looking forward to the continuation of the foundation of success,” said McGahey. “We are returning out of talent and we are bringing a lot of talent in, in one word next season will be bright.”