MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan was unable to find offensive rhythm, suffering a 3-0 setback to Eastern Michigan at a rainy CMU Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
“I think you have two teams, Western on Friday and Eastern today, that played different defensively and we struggled to find a rhythm," said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. “We gave away the ball too easily as we moved from the middle to our attacking half because we did not make them take it from us, we just gave it to them.”
• Junior forward Angela Vultaggio scored first for Eastern Michigan in the 10th minute when she booted a shot that deflected off a CMU defender, causing the ball to slowly lob over the reach of a diving junior goalkeper Grace Labrecque for a goal. Martha Stevens tallied her third assist of the season on the score.
• Eastern Michigan’s offense struck again in the 33rd minute when senior forward Stephanie Clarke booted a corner kick to junior defender Emily Dzik, who managed to establish enough space in a crowded box to sneak in a header into the back corner of the net.
• Clarke set up another goal late in the game when she crossed the ball to senior forward Cara Cutaia for a header that found its way to the back of the net. Cutaia leads the Eagles with seven goals and 17 points this season.
• Sophomore Eagle goalkeeper Megan McCabe recorded her first shutout of the season. McCabe, who has started every game this season, stopped the two shots that were sent her way on Sunday.
• Despite a strong defensive performance by the Eagles, sophomore midfielder Kaelyn Korte and senior midfielder Tory Kinniard were both able to record two shots and a shot on goal. Korte led the team offensively this weekend with five total shots, including two on goal.
• Freshman forward Kaitlin Moore recorded her first career shot in the 71st minute.
• made her fifth consecutive start in net for the Chippewas, recording four saves against a high-powered Eagle offense.
• Central Michigan continue its four-game home stand when the Chippewas face Toledo on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.