Soccer falls 3-1 to Bowling Green on the road


Soccer head coach Peter McGahey puts his face in his hand during the game against Bowling Green on Oct. 9, 2016 at the Soccer / Lacrosse Complex.

After earning its first Mid-American Conference victory on Thursday, the Central Michigan soccer team fell to Bowling Green on Sunday. 

The Falcons (8-5, 3-3 MAC) defeated the Chippewas (6-5-3, 1-3-2), 3-1.

Central Michigan scored first after a defensive orientated first half between the two teams. Junior forward Lexi Pelafas found the back of the net on passes from Savannah Beetcher and Shannon Magnan to give the Chippewas a 1-0 lead with 31:51 left in the game. 

Pelafas still leads the MAC in goals. Earlier this season, she broke the CMU career goal-scoring record.

BGSU responded with a goal of its own just a minute after Pelafas’ goal. Marissa Swindell beat CMU goalkeeper Zoie Reed. About five minutes later, the junior forward had another scoring opportunity, which she executed to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead. 

“It changes the game a lot,” said head coach Peter McGahey, regarding the momentum swing in the game when Bowling Green responded to Pelafas’ goal. 

The final goal of the game was scored by redshirt junior midfielder Erica Hubert with 5:53 left, giving the Falcons a two-goal lead. It was Hubert’s fifth goal of the season. 

CMU logged seven shots and six shots on goal, compared to 13 shots and seven shots on goal for Bowling Green. The Chippewas had opportunities to score, but goalkeepers Kathleen Duwve and Victoria Cope rejected five shots in the game. 

“I think today we made it a little more difficult on ourselves than we needed to,” McGahey said.

What's Next

The Chippewas’ next game is against Miami (Ohio) at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Redhawks Soccer Field.   

The RedHawks are winless on the season (0-12, 0-5-1) and have been shutout nine times. They are last in the conference in goals and assists. Meanwhile, they rank No. 10 in the MAC in goals conceded. 

Miami (Ohio) has only scored four goals in 12 games this season. Last season, CMU topped the RedHawks in double overtime, 1-0. 

“We will re-group as a staff and with the leaders of the team to look at the game on field, make some corrections, and come out flying on Friday,” McGahey said.