Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
CMU's Early Lead Not Enough in 2-1 Setback to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Central Michigan soccer team ended its lengthy September road campaign with a 2-1 setback to Indiana at the Hoosier Classic on Sunday at Armstrong Field. 

The Chippewas wasted no time on the scoring attack as Emily Cooksey delivered a strike from 12 yards, dribbling past the Hoosier goalkeeper, in the fourth minute. The goal marked her first of the season and second of her career. Cooksey’s goal snapped a five game, 472-minute scoring drought for CMU.

Indiana responded in the 33rd minute, when junior midfielder Tori Keller delivered a cross to junior midfielder Abby Smith who found the back of the net from 10 yards out. The goal was Smith's second of the season. 

The Hoosiers found another quality chance in the 36th minute when senior forward Rebecca Candler’s penalty shot was stopped by junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque. Senior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy hit the cross bar just two minutes later for Indiana.

Labrecque appeared in her second start of the year, recording a career-high eight saves in net against a strong Indiana attack that tallied a total of 21 shots.

“I think that overall Grace had a great performance,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “Her experience in net really paid off, as she was both composed and mature.”

Just moments before halftime, CMU responded to Indiana’s late first half pressure, as freshman forward Angie Mann nearly found the back of the net, hitting the cross bar in the 43rd minute. The shot on goal was the first of her collegiate career.

Senior forward Nicole Samuel supplied another quality chance on the offensive end for the Chippewas as she headed a shot saved by the goalkeeper in the 76th minute.

In the 85th minute, Kayleigh Steigerwalt, who led the team with three shots on goal, made the difference as she dribbled past Chippewa defenders and delivered a strike into the net from 20 yards out. Steigerwalt’s goal was her second of the season. 

The Chippewas return home to the CMU Soccer Complex to take on Dayton on Friday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.