MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan suffered a 1-0 shutout in the closing minutes to intrastate rival Western Michigan on Friday, Oct. 4 at a cloudy and humid CMU Soccer Complex. The defeat marked the first MAC loss for the Chippewas this season.
“I thought that we did a good job with our defensive organization in terms of limiting quality chances,” said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. “Our resiliency to work and to do the things that we needed to do was good today. Hats off to Sudomier, who scored a first class goal.”
• Central Michigan’s best scoring opportunity occurred in the 29th minute when junior forward/defender Morgan Wilcoxon delivered a cross to sophomore midfielder Kaelyn Korte who kicked the ball past the goalie but connected with the opposite post.
• Korte nearly scored again when her header once again hit the same post in the 40th minute.
• The Chippewas displayed an impressive defensive effort, holding the high-octane Western Michigan scoring attack to just one shot in the first half. The Broncos offense scored 13 goals in their past three games coming into Friday’s match.
• CMU nearly scored another goal off a quality chance by Taylor Potts, who booted a hard a shot just feet in front of the goal, which was stopped by Bronco goalkeeper Michelle Watson.
• Watson improved her record to 5-3-2 on Friday, compiling four saves in net to achieve her third shutout of the season. Watson has started every game in net this season for the Broncos.
• The scoreless game was broken when junior forward Aubrey Sudomier dribbled through the Chippewa defense and kicked the ball past junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque from inside the box in the 85th minute. The goal was Sudomier’s third of the year. Sudomier has been the leader of WMU’s offense this season, leading the team in 21 shots and 10 shots on goal.
• Labrecque recorded three saves against the Broncos in her fourth consecutive start for the Chippewas. Labrecque leads the team in starts (6), save percentage (.788) and wins (2).
• Central Michigan’s offense was lead by junior midfielder Emily Cooksey. Cooksey recorded a team high five shots, one being on goal. Freshman Eliza Van de Kerkhove also made contributions, posting three shots and one shot on goal. CMU recorded a season-high 21 shots on goal.
• The Chippewas continue their four-game home stand when they take on Eastern Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the CMU Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.