OXFORD, Ohio - The second-seeded Central Michigan women's soccer team will go for its third Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship in four years as it takes on MAC Regular Season Champion and top seed Miami (OH) Sunday at 1 p.m.
The game will be a rematch of an earlier regular season showdown between the two sides in Mount Pleasant that concluded in a 1-0 Miami win in double overtime. This time the match will be on Miami's turf in Oxford, Ohio.
No. 2 CMU (15-5-1) vs No. 1 Miami (OH) (18-2-1)
MU Soccer Field | Oxford, Ohio
Sunday, Nov. 4 | 1 p.m.
Central Michigan's stout defense allowed a MAC-low six goals and posted a league-high six shutouts in conference play, while the RedHawks posted a conference-high 27 goals in 11 MAC matches while allowing just 10 in-conference goals and recording five shutouts. The CMU offensive attack ranked second in league play with 19 total goals.
The Chippewas have not yet permitted a goal in the MAC Tournament, earning a 2-0 quarterfinal win over Northern Illinois and a 1-0 semifinal win over Toledo.
Miami dispatched Ohio, 1-0, in the quarterfinals, and defeated Kent State, 3-1, in the semifinals.
Not only is the pairing a rematch of an earlier match this season, but also of the Chippewas' first MAC Tournament Championship in 2009, when CMU earned a 1-0 win over the RedHawks. Coincidentally, the Chippewas also defeated Toledo in the semifinals that season.
Five 2012 seniors, who were freshmen in 2009 for that final against Miami, return for this match: starters 2012 MAC Defensive Player of the Year Bailey Brandon and Autumn Hawkins, and reserves Katie Slaughter, Laura Twidle and Ashley Mejilla. On 2012 MAC Offensive Player of the Year Jess Kodiak returns for the RedHawks.
Individual accolades are aplenty between the two sides. In addition to Brandon and Kodiak's awards, the Chippewas earned five first-team All-MAC honorees, while the RedHawks earned four first-teamers and a second-team nod. Miami freshman Haley Walter was the MAC Freshman of the Year, while the Chippewas placed three on the All-Freshman team.