BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Central Michigan lost their opening game at the Hoosier Classic in a 2-0 effort against Ohio State on Friday afternoon at a gusty and cool Armstrong Stadium. It was the first ever meeting between the two schools.
• Ohio State wasted no time on the scoring attack as senior midfielder Danica Wu delivered a strike to the upper left corner from 20 yards out past the goalkeeper seven minutes into the match. The goal marked the fifth of the 2012 first team All-Big Ten midfielder’s career. Junior defender Ashley Gruenbaum and junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber were awarded with assists.
• Gruber added to the deficit as she connected with a header sent from 40 yards out from on a free kick to make the game 2-0 in the 68th minute. The goal marked her second of the season.
• Redshirt freshman Eliza Van de Kerkhove responded to Ohio State’s second goal with two shots on goal in the 68th and 72nd minute. Senior forward Nicole Samuel also added to the attack with three shots against the Buckeyes, one being a shot on goal in the 34th minute.
"I thought that Nicole Samuel really made a tremendous impact off the bench tonight, particularly in the second half," said head coach Peter McGahey. "She played great by providing really good energy and enthusiasm that helped create some qaulity chances for us."
• Junior midfielder Emily Cooksey’s presence was once again felt by an opposing goalie as she tallied three shots, two being on target. Cooksey leads the team this season with eight shots on goal and 16 total shots.
• Freshman Heather Lauefer made her fourth career start in net recording three saves. Lauefer faced pressure in net all night as the Buckeyes compiled 25 total shots and five corners.
• Ohio State once again showcased two goalkeepers in their shutout victory. Senior Rachel Middleman started the game and was awarded the win with one save in the first half. Sophomore Jillian McVicker played the entire second half stopping four shots on target.
• CMU’s final matchup at the Hoosier Classic is on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. when the Chippewas take on host Indiana (record) at Armstrong Stadium. Sunday’s game ends a 6 game road stint as Central Michigan returns to the CMU Soccer Complex to play Dayton at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.