Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Key Defensive Stops Carry CMU in Shutout Win Over Toledo

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan won its first home game of the season in a 1-0 shutout effort on the strength of clutch defensive stops and a penalty kick goal. With the victory, the Chippewas improved their MAC record to 3-2-0.

• After 35 minutes of impressive defensive efforts by both teams, Central Michigan capitalized on its first quality chance. Junior midfielder Emily Cooksey ran full speed into the Toledo goal area where she was fouled by a Toledo defender setting up a penalty kick opportunity in the 36th minute. 

• Samantha Maher made the most of the penalty kick, burying a shot to the left side of the goal. The score was the first of Maher's collegiate career. 

• Cooksey and Freshman Kaitlin Moore also supplied offensive pressure by both recording shots on goal. 

• Toledo's offense created several opportunities late in the second half but the Chippewa defense stood its ground to assure the shutout. 

• Geri Siudzinksi nearly found the back of the net for Toledo, booting a strong shot which was stopped by junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque in the 86th minute. Siudzinki finished her day with four shots and leading Toledo with three shots on goal. 

• Labrecque recorded her second shutout of the season, improving her record to 3-4-1 in net. She made all four crucial stops in goal against the Rockets in the second half. Labrecque now ranks fifth all-time in program history in shutouts with six, passing Beth Quiney (1998-2001).

• Senior defender Estee Outcalt made the play of the game as Rachel MacLeod kicked the ball past a charging Labrecque, but the shot was stopped by Outcalt who headed the strong shot out of the goal with her heels on the line. Rachel MacLeod led the Toledo’s offense in creating offensive chances throughout the second half. She shot a team-high five shots against CMU.

“Hats off to Estee (Outcalt) for making the play of the game at the end,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “To be mature, composed and drop in on the line I thought was fantastic. I thought that Grace had two saves in the second half that were momentum killers and did a good job today managing the kicking game tempo.”

• Defenders Emily Basten, Kaylin Hoomaian and Taylor Potts made important blocks and stops throughout the game, especially in the second half.

• Central Michigan concludes its four game home stint when when the Chippewas take on the Northern Illinois Huskies at the CMU Soccer Complex on Sunday (1 p.m.).