Soccer dominates in 3-1 win

Sophomore forward Jaelyn Dobrowloski tries to make a move on a Ball State defender, Sept. 26, Lacrosse/Soccer complex.

Mist and rain were visible under the floodlights, and using the wet turf as an advantage, Central Michigan was sliding up and down the field stuffing three goals in back of Akron's net. 

In their first win with more than one goal, CMU (6-5) blew past Akron (2-11) in a 3-1 finish Thursday.

“It boosts our confidence a lot knowing we’re not settling for one goal,” said CMU sophomore Jaelyn Dobrowolski. “When we got back-to-back goals it gave us great energy, and we knew we had it in the bag,”

How it Happened

Precipitation effected play with bodies finding the ground on both sides of the ball. No team was able to score, keeping the score 0-0 in the first half. CMU redshirt freshman Gaelle Wells showed off her speed and sophomore Laila Arab had a header on goal.

The Chippewas came out firing in the second half. 

Senior Samantha Kaye-Toral settled a lob ball and passed it to sophomore Jaelyn Dobrowolski, who found Arab with a wide-open net to put the Chippewas up 1-0. Just two minutes later, Dobrowoslki set up a sliding Kaye-Toral for a 2-0 CMU lead. 

Four minutes later the Zips responded with a goal of their own by junior Sydney Worthy, putting the game 2-1. Shortly after the Zips goal, CMU sophomore Elizabeth Chylystun got a breakaway goal for her first on the season to re-claim CMU's two-goal advantage.

“It’s important just to get any result out of it weather I pass or score, I’m extremely fortunate to have teammates who can finish the goal for me,” said Dobrowolski.

Key Stats

Akron outshot CMU four shots to two, two to one on goal and three to one on corners in the first half.

CMU had 15 shots and seven on goal, while Akron attempted eight shots and four on goal.

CMU had six corners while Akron only had three corner attempts.

Both teams accumulated only fouls each.

Key Performers

Dobrowolski finished with two assists within two minutes of each other, and one shot.

Arab and Kaye-Toral had one goal on two shots and two on goal.

Chlystun had one goal on two shots, one on goal in only 23 minutes.

Up Next

The Chippewas are back on the road for the seventh time in a match against the Buffalo Bulls at noon on Sunday at UB Stadium.

Scoring Summary

2nd (65:59) CMU (1-0) Laila Arab (Dobrowolski)

2nd (67:50) CMU (2-0) Samantha Kaye-Toral (Dobrowolski)

2nd (71:04) AKR (2-1) Sydney Worthy

2nd (75:48) CMU (3-1) Elizabeth Chlystun