Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Central Michigan Suffers 1-0 Loss to Dayton

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan soccer team ended non-conference play with a 1-0 loss to Dayton on Friday on a cloudy and calm afternoon at the CMU Soccer Complex. Central Michigan returned home for the first time since August 25, when the Chippewas tied with Detroit.

"I thought that overall, offensively, we played well by creating enough opportunities and, defensively, we were very hard to break down," said head coach Peter McGahey. “We need to figure out ways to eliminate critical errors in critical moments.”

The lone goal of the match was delivered by Dayton’s senior forward Stephanie Emery’s when senior midfielder Juliana Libertin found her surging towards the net with a cross in the 14th minute. The strike to the back of the net marked Emery’s second goal and fourth point of the season.

The Chippewas responded offensively after the Dayton goal but could not find the back of the net when senior forward Nicole Samuel booted the ball past the Flyer goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the shot hit the inside post, causing the ball to slowly crawl away from the net.

Another quality scoring chance for the Chippewas occurred late in the second half when Laura Gosse had three shots deflected or blocked near the Dayton goal between the 71st and 74th minute. Gosse’s presence was felt all night as she recorded a team-high four shots and one shot on goal.

The second half offensive pressure displayed by the Chippewas included redshirt freshman midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove and senior defender Estee Outcalt, who both recorded a shot on goal

Freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth James led Dayton to their fourth win of the season, recording three saves. James has played every minute for the Flyers this season.

CMU senior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque made her third start in net this season, stopping six shots.

The Chippewas open Mid-American Conference play when they travel to Kent State on Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. The game will be played at Zoeller Field.