Soccer rises in the polls and sweeps MAC weekly awards

Central Michigan captured both Mid-American Conference offensive and defensive awards for women’s soccer this week. 

Senior Marle Bringard earned the MAC Offensive Player of the Week. Bringard had a game winner against Miami (Ohio) in the 107th minute to get the victory Sunday.

Two days before that, Bringard scored the only goal in a 1-0 contest against Ball State. She has three goals on the season, all game winners, and one assist. 

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Zoie Reed won the MAC Defensive Player of the Week.

She had four saves in the win against Ball State and seven in the win over the Redhawks. Reed now has three shutouts and leads the MAC in save percentage and goals against average.

Reed and Bringard have helped lead the Chippewas to an unbeaten 5-0-2 record and a No. 44 ranking in the NCAA RPI and No. 9 in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest Region ranking.

First year head coach Jeremy Groves will need both to continue this level of play when CMU returns home for two games to take on rival Western Michigan Oct. 4 and Oct.6 against Northern Illinois.