MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan concluded its 2013 regular season under first-year head coach Peter McGahey with a 2-0 win at home on Thursday. The Chippewas finished the season with a 8-10-1 overall record and an 8-3-0 conference record, receiving the number three seed in the 2013 MAC Tournament.
"I thought that we played a good game under some difficult adverse conditions today," said McGahey. "To think about where we were at the beginning of the season and where we finished as the number three seed is very positive and delivers confidence. We played Ball State last weekend; they are going to be familiar with us and we are going to be familiar with them and its going to be a great match-up because they are a quality side."
• The Chippewas wasted no time after the opening whistle as redshirt freshman midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove sent a cross from the right sideline, finding senior forward Nicole Samuel who headed the ball into the top left corner of the goal in the 3rd minute. Samuel has scored the game winning goals in back-to-back games for the Chippewas.
• Central Michigan added insurance to its lead when junior midfielder Emily Cooksey delivered a penalty kick goal after being tackled inside the box in the 54th minute to give the Chippewas a 2-0 lead. Cooksey has three goals this season and leads the team in shots (35) and shots on goal (18).
• Junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque recorded eight saves to achieve her seventh shutout of the season, passing Anne Decker (2003) to become fifth all-time in program history for shutouts in a season. Labrecque has 11 total shutouts in her career which ranks third all-time among CMU soccer history.
• Despite being shutout, the Falcons offense generated plenty of opportunities near the net, posting identical numbers as the Chippewas with 18 shots, including eight on goal.
• Senior midfielder Madeline Wideman led Bowling Green with eight shotsl. Wideman's presence was felt in front of the net but she was unable to create many quality chances due to the strong play of the CMU defense. Freshman Kaylin Hoomaian sophomores Emily Basten and Michelle Brownlee made major contributions to the Chippewa shutout, playing every minute of the match.
• Central Michigan will host Ball State for the second time in three games on Sunday. The Chippewas defeated Ball State 1-0 in a double overtime thriller on October 27 after Nicole Samuel chipped in the game winner in the 103rd minute. The conference tournament quarterfinal matchup between the two squads starts at 1 p.m. at the CMU Soccer Complex.