MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan soccer team will open the 2013 season on Sunday when it hosts Detroit in a 5 p.m. non-conference match at the CMU Soccer Complex. The contest will be the official debut of Peter McGahey as the head coach of the Chippewas.
“I think the team is very excited (to get the season started),” said McGahey “I think the positive momentum we have been able to carry forward from Michigan State is really going to help us versus Detroit.”
- Fans attending the match are instructed to park in Lot 71, which is located behind the field hockey facility and across the street from Theunissen Stadium (see parking map).
- CMU made its first appearance under McGahey last weekend, defeating in-state rival Michigan State, 1-0, in an exhibition match. Sophomore Emily Basten scored the game winner, blasting in a goal from 16-yards out in the 89th minute.
- In the recently released MAC Coaches Preseason Poll, CMU was selected to place third in the West Division in 2013 behind Toledo and Eastern Michigan, respectively. The Chippewas received 50 total and three place votes and also garnered one vote to capture the MAC Tournament Championship.
- CMU is coming off a highly successful 2012 season in which it went 15-7-1, including a 10-2 mark in MAC play, and earned the conference’s first-ever at large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
- Detroit finished 9-7-1 in 2012, including a 5-2 mark in Horizon League play to earn a share of the regular season title. The Titans surrendered a single-season low 12 goals to opponents, boasting a 0.71 team goals against average while recording nine shutouts.
- The Chippewas are back in action next weekend with two road matches. They will face West Virginia in Morgantown on Friday, Aug. 30 (5 p.m.) and then travel to meet Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 1 (12 p.m.).