Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Chippewas Use Double Overtime Drama to Defeat Buffalo, 1-0
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Central Michigan soccer team extended its MAC winning streak to four games in dramatic fashion, defeating Buffalo, 1-0, in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium. With the victory, the Chippewas upped their conference record to 6-2 with three league contests remaining on the regular season schedule.

“Sometimes in the MAC, it is not easy,” said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. “We on the road on the back end of a trip. But it was a good team win. We grinded it out; doing the right things and finding a way to win in overtime. Give credit to the team for grinding one out today.”

The game winner came in the 104th minute off a set piece. After a CMU player was fouled just outside the box, senior defender Estee Outcalt stepped up to take the free kick. Her service looked to be sailing long and out of bounds but senior midfielder Tory Kinniard managed to get her head on the ball, keeping it alive. Kinniard’s pass went to junior forward Laura Gosse, who headed it into the net, lifting CMU to the sudden victory.

For Gosse, the goal was her team-high fifth goal of the season and her third game winner. She also leads the Chippewas with 11 points. Outcalt earned her team-best third assist of the year on the play while Kinniard recorded her second assist.

Play during regulation was back-and-forth with each side earning good scoring opportunities. Buffalo outshot CMU, 6-2, in the first half, but shots were even at 7-7 in the second. Emma Dwenger led CMU with three shots, including two on goal.

Junior goalkeeper Grace Lebrecque recorded six saves en route to notching her fourth consecutive shutout and fifth of the season overall. With the streak, her goals against average has dipped to 0.88.

CMU remains on the road next week, traveling to Oxford, Ohio to face Miami in a 3 p.m. match on Friday, Oct. 25. The Chippewas will finish out the regular season schedule at home, hosting Ball State on Sunday, Oct. 27 (3 p.m.) and Bowling Green on Thursday, Oct. 31 (3 p.m.) at the CMU Soccer Complex.