Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Soccer Holds Kent State Scoreless in Conference Opening Win

KENT, Ohio - Central Michigan won its first game under first year head coach Peter McGahey, opening up Mid-American Conference play with a 1-0 result at Kent State on Friday. The Chippewas snapped the Golden Flashes four-game undefeated streak at home.

“I think the most important today is that we showed tremendous character," said McGahey. "They dug, they fought and Kent State really battled at the end. I think the character, resiliency and the determination that our women showed today was outstanding.”  

• The Kent State offense made its presence known from the start as it tallied nine shots and three shots on goal in the first half. The Golden Flashes best first half opportunity came in the eighth minute when senior forward Jessacca Gironda received a quick pass off a corner and delivered a shot on net but senior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque made the stop.

Labrecque led Central Michigan to the shutout, posting six saves while facing a flurry of 21 Kent State shots. The victory marks Labrecque’s fifth shutout of her career. Labrecque appeared in her third consecutive start in net.

• Junior Morgan Wilcoxon capitalized on CMU’s only shot on goal in the first half, executing a deep strike past the goalkeeper in the 37th minute, netting the lone goal of the game. The Chippewa score marked Wilcoxon’s first goal of the season.

 Tory Kinniard earned her first assist of the season and second of her career on Wilcoxon’s game winner.

• Senior forward Nicole Samuel and freshman and junior forward Eliza Van de Kerkhove also made offensive contributions by both recording shots on goal.

• Central Michigan continues its Ohio road trip on Sunday when the Chippewas face the Ohio Bobcats at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.