Soccer take first weekend trip in two weeks

Senior midfielder Samantha Maher, right, pokes the ball away from an opposing player during the game against Ohio on Oct. 16 at the Soccer / Lacrosse Complex.

After five of the last six games being at the CMU Soccer Complex — all of which went to at least one overtime period — the Central Michigan women’s soccer team (13-1-2, 5-1-2 Mid-American Conference) will go on the road for the first time in two weeks on Thursday.

The Chippewas drew 1-1 in double overtime Friday against the leaders of the MAC East Division, the Kent State Golden Flashes, and won 2-1 in double overtime Sunday against the Ohio Bobcats.

The team will play at Akron on Thursday and at Buffalo on Sunday.


The Zips (3-9-4, 0-4-4 MAC) have either drew or lost in their last 10 games. Their last win was against Robert Morris on Sept. 8 at Cub Cadet Field. Only Ohio (1-7 MAC) trails Akron in the MAC East Division. They have scored more than one goal in a game just three times this season, all resulting in wins.

Freshman forward Chloe Allen has been the lone star on Akron’s team in 2016. Although she has only started four of the 16 games the Zips have played, she leads the team in goals (6), points (12), shots on goal (9) and is tied for first in game-winning goals (1).

Akron has relied heavily on senior goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman. She has 15 of the 16 matches for the Zips this season and, on average, is giving up 1.77 goals per game. She has allowed 27 goals this season and has a save percentage of 71.6, which is last in the MAC. However, her 68 saves rank second in the MAC.


The Buffalo Bulls (6-7-3, 3-4-1 MAC) have also had some struggles this season. They have not won away from home (0-5-2) all season, while they are 6-0-1 at home. They are also 0-2 at neutral site games. They average one goal per game and are giving up 0.83 goals per game.

Buffalo is offensively led by the third leading goal scorer in the MAC, sophomore forward Carissima Cutrona. Her nine goals and one assist give her 19 total points on the season, which is also good for third in the MAC. She is first on the team with 21 shots on goal and four game-winning goals.

Junior goalkeeper Laura Dougall has logged most of the work in net this season for the Bulls. She has started and played in 14 games, recording a 0.78 goals allowed average and a 83.8 save percentage. She’s given up 11 goals and saved 57 shots. She is also tied for second in the MAC in shutouts with five.