Soccer drops MAC opener


Sophomore forward Jaelyn Dombrowolski moves the ball down field against Michigan State on Thursday, Aug. 26 in the CMU Soccer Complex.

Overtime ultimately ended Central Michigan Soccer's three-game win streak as Miami (Ohio) claimed a 1-0 victory over the Chippewas on Thursday.

CMU (3-4) drop their MAC opener as Miami (4-2-3) gets their third win in-a-row.

“Today was a little disappointing that we started off the MAC with a loss,” said  head coach Jeremy Groves. 

How it happened

For the first time in four games CMU had less shots than their competitor in the first half. The Chippewas managed only three shots compared to the Redhawks nine. Both teams started the first half evenly, but Miami eventually pulled ahead offensively putting five shots on target, all met by CMU sophomore goalkeeper Allison LaPoint, keeping the game scoreless at intermission.

Second half play saw the Chippewas pick up their play on both offense and defense. CMU limited Miami’s offense to three less shots than they had in the first as well as out-shooting Miami by one. CMU had three scoring chances in the final three minutes of regulation play, but failed to covert on any of its chances.

“Every game that we’re going to play, I believe we should win, we have the players to do it, but right now we’re struggling a bit in front of the goal,” said Groves.

With no goals scored by either team, CMU entered their second overtime appearance this season. But this time overtime did not lead to a Chippewa win as Miami freshman Makenna Morrison snuck one past LaPoint to win the game.

Key Stats

Miami put up 17 shots and nine on goal compared to CMU’s 11 shots and three on goal.

Both teams committed a total of 21 fouls. CMU garnered nine while Miami got 12.

Both CMU and Miami had four corner opportunities each.

Key Performers

Miami’s Morrison had two shots and the game-deciding goal

Miami sophomore Haley Anspach recorded four shots, two on goal and one assist.

CMU’s LaPoint had eight saves on nine shots faced

Up Next

The Chippewas are coming back home to face Ball State at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the CMU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Scoring Summary

1OT (97:01) Miami (1-0) Makenna Morrison (Anspach)