OXFORD, Ohio - Central Michigan concluded its 2013 road schedule with a loss to Miami (Ohio) in a rematch of the 2012 MAC Tournament Championship contest. The Chippewas were held scoreless in a 1-0 setback at Miami Soccer Field in Oxford on Friday.
“I thought that we created enough chances today, especially in the second half," said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. "We hit the crossbar twice in the second half and, unfortunately, sometimes those shots go in and sometimes they don’t."
• Miami wasted little time finding the back of the net, scoring just four minutes into the match. Junior forward Hailey Pleshakov sent a corner to the right side of the goal, finding sophomore midfielder Jessica Bronke who delivered a header past senior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque to give Miami an early 1-0 advantage. The goal marked Bronke's fourth of the season.
• The goal broke CMU’s four-game consecutive shutout streak and was the first goal allowed by the Chippewas in 389 minutes of playing time.
• The Chippewas struggled to create offensive chances in the first half, recording just two shots on goal. Emily Cooksey delivered both shots, including CMU’s best scoring opportunity in the 8th minute when her strike on goal was stopped by senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg.
• Labrecque kept the Redhawk advantage to one goal by posting four saves in the first half. Miami’s offense created offensive pressure on the CMU defense throughout the first half by creating eight corner kick opportunities.
• Central Michigan began the second half strong by creating multiple quality scoring chances. The Chippewas set up two corner kicks along with tallying four shots, two being on goal in the first 10 minutes of play in the second half.
• The Redhawks nearly added to its lead in the 85th minute when Haley Walter’s shot hit the crossbar. Labrecque made a save one minute earlier, stopping a shot delivered by senior forward Haley Dolesh. Labrecque finished the day with six total saves.
• Senior forward Laura Gosse led the Chippewa offense, tallying two shots on goal. Cooksey led the team in total shots with three. Senior Tammy Long recorded two total shots, one being on goal in the 51st minute.
• Norenberg improved her record 8-6-2 by stopping all five shots that came her way. The shutout effort continued Miami’s current streak of holding opponents scoreless to six games.
• Central Michigan returns home to celebrate Senior Day on Sunday, Oct. 27 when the Chippewas take on the Bowling Green Falcons at the CMU Soccer Complex at 3 p.m.