Three takeaways from soccer's 1-0 double overtime win against Miami (Oh)
The Central Michigan soccer team defeated Miami (Oh) 1-0 in overtime in a rain-heavy 90-minute match. As the precipitation fell from beginning to finish, it made for a sloppy and slippery affair. Here are three takeaways from the Chippewas victory.
1. Weather was the number one factor in the match.
There were several opportunities for both teams that resulted in nothing due to the slippery conditions on the field. In the 18th minute, senior defenseman Taylor Potts had the first shot on goal for the Chippewas in the match. Miami goalkeeper Vic Maniaci made the save, but had the ball slip out of her hands, nearly resulting in the ball easing its way passed the line. Maniaci quickly reached her arm out to stop the ball from rolling in for a CMU goal.
2. CMU sophomore forward Alexis Pelafas came to play in the cold conditions.
The sophomore gave CMU plenty of chances to score all night, and it eventually paid off with her scoring her 11th goal of the season to give the Chippewas the win. Pelafas is second in the nation in goals scored with 11. She had three shots in the first 45 minutes and ended regulation with eight shots and two shots on goal.
3. Miami (Oh) will be a threat in the MAC East.
The Redhawks were flashy or fast on offense, but their defensive effort kept them in the game. Even with a 4-5-1 record, the Redhawks challenged the Chippewas all game long and were close to pulling off the upset.