MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan celebrated Senior Day at the CMU Soccer Complex with a 1-0 double overtime win over Ball State on Sunday afternoon, improving its MAC record to 7-3-0. The victory was the first Chippewa overtime home win since Central Michigan defeated Illinois State 1-0 on Sept. 13, 2009.
“I think that on Senior Day you always want to make sure you have good emotion and energy throughout the game and in overtime we did a really good job of digging a little deeper and finding a way to score a good goal at the end,” said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. “Hats off to Ball State; they certainly made us earn the win today.”
• The game winning goal came in the 103rd minute when freshman midfielder Samantha Maher headed a ball to senior forward Nicole Samuel who found just enough space to chip a shot over the reach of Ball State's Layne Schramm. The offering floated over the Cardinal goalkeeper and dropped just below the crossbar to end the game.
• The goal was the second of the season for Samuel and eighth of her career. Maher‘s assist marked the first of her collegiate career.
• The Chippewa defense played a strong 103 minutes, only allowing one shot on goal, which occurred in the 31st minute. The Cardinal offense set up plenty of quality chances but time after time multiple Chippewa defenders came up with crucial clears to help out Labrecque in net.
• Junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque recorded her sixth shutout of the season, improving her record this season to 7-5-1 this season. Labrecque has tallied 10 shutouts in her career, which ranks third all-time in program history.
• The Chippewa offense was able to create numerous scoring opportunities, recording 17 total shots, including six on goal, and eight corners. CMU outshot Ball State 6-1 in overtime.
• Junior forward Laura Gosse led the Chippewas with four shots on goal while junior midfielder Emily Cooksey recorded three, including two on goal. Redshirt freshman Eliza Van de Kerkhove also made contributions offensively, nearly finding the back of the net in the 62nd minute when Schramm made a critical foot save to keep the game scoreless.
• Central Michigan concludes its 2013 regular season schedule at home on Thursday, Oct. 31 against Bowling Green. The Chippewas will play in the quarterfinals of the 2013 MAC Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 3. The venues and opponents for the postseason event are still to be determined.