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Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Second Half Surge Leads CMU to Shutout Victory Over Akron

AKRON, Ohio - Central Michigan carried on its defensive success from last weekend on Friday evening, as the Chippewas shutout Akron, 2-0, on a cool autumn night at FirstEnergy Stadium, improving its MAC record to 5-2. Senior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque climbed the ranks of the CMU soccer record book once again, keeping the Chippewas in the MAC West regular season title hunt.  

“I thought we defended really well collectively, particularly in the first half," said head coach Peter McGahey. "They were never really ever able to catch us on transition and were never able to get behind us. When the defense allows Grace (Labrecque) to see the shots that she faces, she is a very good shot stopper."

• Labrecque is now tied for fourth in program history in career shutouts with eight. The reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Week recorded her third straight shutout of the season after holding Toledo and Northern Illinois to scoreless efforts last weekend. The last time a Chippewa goalkeeper posted three consecutive shutout performances was Stephanie Turner last season.

• Central Michigan supplied the first quality scoring chance of the night when a charging senior forward Nicole Samuel received a quick pass as she was entering the Akron box. Zips goalkeeper Luevano-Harden stood her ground and blocked Samuel’s quick shot just feet in front of the net to keep the game scoreless.

• In the 49th minute, senior defender Estee Outcalt sent a corner to Laura Gosse, who was stationed near the top of the box, floating the ball with a header just over the goalkeeper's reach for a 1-0 Chippewa advantage. Gosse leads the team in goals this season with four and career goals with 12. She has scored three goals in the past two games. The last time Gosse scored goals in back-to-back games was last October when she scored at Bowling Green and then in a home win over Northern Illinois last.

• Outcalt received her second assist of the year, tying her career high set last season. Outcalt has recorded five assists and 11 points in her career with the Chippewas.

• Just seven minutes later, Samuel found senior midfielder Tory Kinniard who delivered a high powered strike to the open side of the net to give the Chippewas a 2-0 advantage. The goal marked Kinniard’s second of her career.

• Labreqcue tallied a total of three saves, one being a crucial diving stop in the 57th minute on a shot from Zips senior midfielder Kelly DeNiro that was headed for the top left corner.

• DeNiro led the Akron offensive efforts Friday night with three shots.

• Central Michigan continues its three game road trip when the Chippewas travel to UB Stadium to take on the Buffalo Bulls on Sunday at 12 p.m.