Soccer finishes weekend with OT victory, ties EMU on Friday

Greg Cornwell | Staff Photographer Junior defender Taylor Potts jumps for a header Sunday against Bowling Green at the CMU Lacross/Soccer Stadium. The Chippewas defeated the Falcons in overtime, 1-0.

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. “They kept persevering. They showed really good resilience today. I thought it was a good overall performance.”

There wasn't a shortage of attacking chances for the Chippewas. In the first half alone, CMU attempted eight shots on goal. The first half proved to be an indication of good things to come; the team’s scoring chances would increase as the game wore on.

Senior midfielder Kaelyn Korte scored the winning goal in the first overtime period in the 98th minute from 12 yards out. It was her third goal of 2015.

“We were all dead-tired, but I just saw that space and knew I had to get there,” Korte said. “I sprinted as fast as I could and put (the ball) where I found space. I knew that was probably going to be our best chance. I didn’t want to waste it.”

Korte’s goal was the first goal scored by a CMU player since last Friday’s 2-1 loss to Ball State.

McGahey said his team’s collective effort, most notably on the goal-scoring play, was what stood out to him in assessing the victory.

“The end pass, that’s collective. That’s a belief in the ‘we’ and not the ‘me,’” McGahey said.

Junior midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove was busy on the attack as well. She attempted seven shots for the afternoon, five of which were on goal. 

When the game shifted to the second half, the Chippewas continued to see a fair amount of chances on the attacking side of the ball and as regulation drew to a close, they were literally inches away from pushing across the go-ahead goal on numerous occasions. 

CMU outshot BGSU 29-11, receiving nine corner kicks compared to only one for the Falcons.

"As the game went on, our collective spirit as a team and their willingness to share the ball was really quite good. I thought it was the difference in the game today," McGahey said. 

The Chippewas will be back on the road for their next two matches, with the first scheduled for 7 p.m. against Akron on Friday at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. 

Five games remain on the regular season schedule for CMU and two of those will be played at home.

The MAC Tournament quarterfinals round begins Nov. 1.

Friday: Central Michigan 0, Eastern Michigan 0

Central Michigan came within inches of 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 MAC play.

The tie is CMU's second this season and first in MAC play. Central Michigan continued its trend of starting games slowly.

“I thought, particularly in the first half, we didn’t come out with enough eagerness and excitement,” McGahey said. “As the game went on and our eagerness and excitement got better, our game improved dramatically."

McGahey said his team had a strong shot at winning, Friday.

"Sometimes there’s good ties and sometimes there’s not good ties," he said. "I would say tonight, (we) didn’t lose, but I think we probably left points on the table.”

Central Michigan picked up their intensity in the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net—a season-long issue.

McGahey said junior midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove and freshman forward Madison Costner, who saw an expanded role, were leaders in the second half offensively.

“We need more people on our team to step up,” Van de Kerkhove said. “I want to be that player. I’m doing every single thing I can to be that player, but when we don’t get results it’s hard. You know (success) is coming.”


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