Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Soccer Draws with Detroit in Season Opener
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan soccer team rallied from a one-goal deficit twice in its 2013 season opener on Sunday but could not gain a result, tying Detroit, 2-2. A crowd in excess of 800, which included numerous other CMU teams and coaches and administrators, turned out to support Peter McGahey in his debut as CMU head coach and the Chippewas.   

- Detroit struck first, earning a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute with a goal by Anna Mindling. It was her career first. The Titans’ lead would hold at halftime. Mindling went on to score again for the Titans, this time in the 81st minute, also unassisted.

- CMU responded to its first deficit after the break, knotting the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute. Morgan Wilcoxon centered a pass to Jennifer Gassman, who netted it from near the penalty spot.

- “The message at halftime was really simple. The game is a long game and we just have to keep playing and we don’t have to panic. I thought they came out in the second half and showed really good emotion to pull from one goal back. And to not only show the emotion to pull from one goal back but two goals back. Let’s be honest, to scoring two goals in the run of play in the women’s game is hard. I thought in the second half we were a little more assertive and I thought we passed the ball a little better in the second half,” said McGahey.

- Just over minute after Detroit took a 2-1 lead, the Chippewas were back on the scoreboard. Taylor Potts found Laura Gosse with a through ball on the right side of the box. Gosse slid a rolling one-timer from eight yards under the outstretched leg of the UDM goalkeeper, tying the game once again.  

- Grace Labrecque played all 110 minutes in goal, making two saves, including a diving stop of wind-driven Mindling blast in the second half.

- CMU outshot Detroit, 23-11, including 5-1 in the overtime periods, and had a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal. Emily Cooksey led the Chippewas with five shots while Gosse, Emma Dwenger, and Taylor Potts tallied a team-high two shots on goal. Central doubled up the Titans in corner kicks, 8-4.

- The Chippewas are back in action next week with two road matches. They will face West Virginia in Morgantown on Friday, Aug. 30 (5 p.m.) and then travel to meet Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 1 (12 p.m.).