Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Sophomore Kaysie Gregory scored her first career goal Friday to help the Chippewas take down Robert Morris, 2-0.
Chippewas Strike Early to Take Down Robert Morris, 2-0

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Offense was the name of the game early for the Central Michigan field hockey team as it opened up the 2013 campaign with a 2-0 win over Robert Morris on Friday afternoon.

The Chippewas (1-0) got on the board just 2:39 into the first half when junior Mary Alice Moore buried a shot in the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Sophomore midfielder Kaysie Gregory assisted on the goal off a rebound and later got in the scoring act herself at the 20:48 mark to put the Chippewas ahead 2-0.

"It really was the type of game I thought it would be," head coach Cristy Freese said. "We were able to get on the board first and certainly that helped us. I thought our defense played great today and that helped Sadie do what she can do back there."

CMU’s veteran defense was key for sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds in her first career start. Reynolds saved all six of the Colonials’ (0-1) shot attempts to record her first career shutout.

Senior captains Simone Lazar and Skylar VanNatta, as well as sophomore Anne Middeldorp and junior Jordyn Brengosz, played all 70 minutes to aide in Reynold’s shutout performance.

Senior forward Bailey McKeon delivered her first assist of the season on Gregory’s goal in the first half.

The Chippewas will be back in action on Sunday, September 1 at 1 p.m. versus St. Louis.