MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan women's soccer team defeated Michigan State, 1-0, on Saturday in an exhibition game at the CMU Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.
Lexi Palafas scored in the 51st minute. McKay Matheson assisted. Pelafas, a junior, scored a program-record 16 goals in 2016.
"Lexi's a natural goal-scorer if you give her a chance," CMU coach Peter McGahey said. "I thought McKay made a really good decision on the set piece, served a very good ball in and Lexi did what Lexi does. Get her free inside the 18 box and she's one of the most dangerous players in the country."
The Chippewas outshot the Spartans, 9-6. Michigan State held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
"I'm really proud of the team today," McGahey said. "I thought they responded really well to the first game of the season. I think sometimes when you get into the preseason teams have to discover who they are, but I thought we really stayed true to who we are and put out a really good performance."
Zoie Reed made two saves in 60 minutes in goal for the Chippewas. Morgan Britain made one save in 30 minutes.
The Chippewas open the season next weekend at the Rock Chalk Invitational, hosted by Kansas. CMU plays Tulsa on Friday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. and then will take on the host Jayhawks on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m.