Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Central Michigan Shuts Out NIU After Flurry of Early First Half Goals
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan improved its MAC record to 4-2-0 after scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes en route to a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois. Sunday's contest was also highlighted by Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the CMU Soccer Complex. 

“To have the women come out and play with such passion, energy and enthusiasm was very good in terms of honoring 'kicking for a cure',” said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. “I thought our start for the first half was very good and we did a great job of managing the tempo of the game as NIU rolled players in and out. It was a very good performance to close out a good home stand this weekend.”

• The “Pink Out” at the CMU Soccer Complex included a pink game ball, pink lines on the field, a breast cancer ribbon as the midfield logo along with coaches and players sporting various pink accessories.

• The Chippewas wasted no time after the opening whistle, as senior forward Nicole Samuel sprinted through Husky defenders finding a one-on0one situation with Northern Illinois senior goalkeeper Amy Carr. Carr blocked Samuels shot, but junior forward Laura Gosse kicked in the rebound from point blank range to give the CMU a 1-0 lead in the first minute.

• Just four minutes later, Gosse found the back of the net again when she delivered a header past the goalkeeper. Senior defender Estee Outcalt set up the score with a cross from the far left side, finding her teammate in front of the goal. Sunday marked Gosse’s first career multi-goal game.

• Gosse leads CMU this season in goals with three and has the most career goals among current players with 11.

• CMU’s offense carried its 2-0 early momentum into another score as redshirt freshman midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove crossed the ball from the left corner and found Nicole Samuel, who volleyed the ball to give Central a 3-0 lead in the 8th minute. The goal marked Samuel’s first of the season and seventh of her career. Van de Kerhove’s assist was the first point of her collegiate career.

• Freshman midfielder Samantha Maher, senior midfielder Tory Kinniard and freshman forward Emma Dwenger also made offensive contributions, supplying shots on goal.

• Junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque recorded her second consecutive shutout and third of the season after not allowing a goal two days earlier against Toledo. She finished the day with seven saves, making crucial stops throughout the match. Labrecque ranks fifth all-time in program history with seven career shutouts.

• Nicole Gobbo led Northern Illinois on the offensive side recording two shots, both being on goal. NIU tallied seven shots on goal on 11 total shots.

• Central Michigan begins a three-game road stint when the Chippewas travel to Akron on Friday, Oct. 18 for a 7 p.m. contest.