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.).
MOUNT PLEASANT - The third annual CHIPPYS award show will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium to both recognize Central Michigan student-athletes for their accomplishments and, more importantly, raise money for cancer research.
The black tie event, organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, will take place in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 through Ticket Central or $7 at the door the night of the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the McLaren Cancer Center in Mount Pleasant, so any above and beyond donations are encouraged and welcomed.
Now in its third year, the CHIPYS award show, which is modeled after the popular “ESPYS” ceremony by ESPN, has raised more than $7,000 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Hosts Donnie Corby and Christian Cullinan of the wrestling team will unveil the top student-athletes, teams and moments of the 2011-12 academic year, with CHIPPYS trophies going to each of the winners. Awards will be given out in these categories:
Freshman of the Year
Record Breaking Performance
Chip of the Year
Coach of the Year
Female Athlete of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year
The night will also feature skits and surprise performances.
Prior to the 7 p.m. show, a Maroon Carpet social will be held in the Warriner Hall lobby beginning at 6 p.m.