MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan soccer team will begin a three-game road trip starting against Akron on Friday, October 18 at FirstEnergy Stadium and continuing on Sunday, October 20 versus Buffalo at UB Stadium.
• CMU (4-9-1, 4-2-0 MAC) responded to scoreless efforts against intrastate rivals Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan at home two weeks ago by posting two shutouts over the weekend. The Chippewas defeated Toledo 1-0 on Friday after Samantha Maher found the back of the net on a penalty kick. Central Michigan opened up its game against Northern Illinois on Sunday with an offensive explosion, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes in a 3-0 win.
• Junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week after not allowing a goal in both wins this weekend for the Chippewas. Labrecque recorded four saves against Toledo and seven saves against Northern Illinois. She now has posted seven career shutouts, passing Beth Quiney (1998-2001) after the Toledo game to become fifth all-time in Chippewa history in career shutouts.
• Junior forward Laura Gosse led the impressive offensive showing for CMU against Northern Illinois, posting two goals in the first five minutes. Gosse leads the team this season in goals (3) and points (7). She also has the most career goals among current players with 11 total.
• Junior forward Nicole Samuel recorded her first goal of the season in the 10th minute against Northern Illinois. Samuel also set up Gosse's first goal after her one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper was blocked, leading to a rebound opportunity for her teammate for the score.
• Junior midfielder Emily Cooksey has made major contributions, leading the team this season with 27 shots, 14 shots on goal and a .519 shot on goal percentage. Cooksey has also netted two goals.
• Akron (4-7-3, 1-4-1 MAC) was unable to tally a win in either game this weekend, posting a 2-2 effort at home against Ohio and losing 2-0 at Kent State. Akron has not won a game since its MAC opener against Miami (Ohio) on September 27.
• The Zips offense is led by junior forward Lani Smith who leads the team this season with six goals,14 points, 39 total shots and 20 shots on goal. Smith tallied three points against Ohio over the weekend, recording a goal and an assist. She delivered the game-winning goal in the Zips last win against Miami.
• Akron has featured two sophomore goalkeepers this season - Kaire Adee and Alex Luevano-Harden. Adee leads the goalkeeping unit with a 3-3-3 record, eight starts and 33 saves this season.
• Buffalo (4-7-2, 1-5-0 MAC) is currently riding a three game losing streak and has dropped six of its last seven. The Bulls fell in both games at home over the weekend against Kent State 1-0 (Oct. 11) and Ohio 1-0 (Oct. 13).
• The strong play of Courtney Gross, Kristen Markiewicz, Natalie Jurisevic and Sophie Therien sent Buffalo to a top 25 ranked defensive unit during its non-conference schedule.
• Senior goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon has received MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this season. She has notched five shutouts, three in winning efforts. Wheldon, who at one point this season held a four-game shutout streak, ranks second in program history with 19 career shutouts.
• CMU continues its road trip on Friday, Oct. 25 when the Chippewas travel to Oxford to take on Miami (Ohio). Central Michigan concludes the 2013 regular season with home games against Ball State on October 27 and Bowling Green on October 31.
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