CMU soccer secures first win of season

Traverse City sophomore Jaelyn Dobrowolski runs the ball during the Chippewas game against Bowling Green Oct. 17 at the CMU Soccer Complex.

Central Michigan soccer got its first win of the season in a dominating performance against Detroit Mercy on Thursday with a final score of 4-2. 

The Chippewas are now 1-4. 

"We're going through a lot of adverse moments right now," said head coach Jeremy Groves. “We've had a lot of people injured and had a really rough start to the year. I think, as coaches, we challenge the players that are healthy and fit to step up.”

The Titans goalkeeper blocked a kick from the Chippewas' Jaelyn Dobrowolski, but the ball ricocheted off her hands leaving Matilda Melin with a wide-open shot to give CMU a 1-0 advantage. The CMU bench let out a roar in celebration, as the Sweden native recorded her first career goal. 

With seven minutes remaining in the first half, Dobrowolski buried a shot in the left corner putting CMU up 2-0. 

Returning from the break, the Titans took advantage of a foul, setting up a penalty kick. The Titan's Sofia Blankenship found the right corner, cutting the CMU lead to one. 

Less than two minutes later, the Chippewas capitalized on back-to-back corner kicks, increasing the lead to three. Dobrowolski added her second goal of the night, while Megan Logue scored her first career goal to secure the 4-2 win.

Although the season has had challenges, Groves credits the team's leaders with helping hold things together.

"We could have given in easily even though the season is so young, but they didn't do that," said Groves. "They've been on top of people about holding the standard and what we talk about, so the leadership's been good throughout the team."

The Chippewas and the Titans each had seven shots on goal. CMU finished with a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks. 

The Chippewas are back at home on Sunday as they take on the No. 24 Michigan at 3 p.m.