Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - With 4-0 win in front of a buzzing crowd on a beautiful day, the Central Michigan women's soccer team couldn't have asked for a better home-opener.
Mary Carlson scored in the first goal nearly six minutes in, setting the tone in their CMU's win of the season on Friday at the CMU Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. CMU is 1-1-1 on the season after tying Tulsa and falling to Kansas last weekend in the Jayhawks' Rock Chalk Invitational.
"It sort of shakes off the jitters of last weekend," CMU coach Peter McGahey said. "It makes you feel right at home. The fans were tremendous today. It was a great crowd for this early in the season. I thought we put out a really good performance today."
Lexi Pelafas headed in two first-half goals to give the Chippewas a 3-0 halftime advantage. Devyn Brough, a sophomore transfer from Auburn, added an insurance goal with just over seven minutes remaining -- her first CMU goal.
"When the ball goes in the air, (Lexi) is really, really dangerous," McGahey said. "I thought she did a good job anticipating that today.
"The urgency at 3-0 to score that fourth goal ... Devyn deserves all the credit in the world to show the kind of grit and character the team has to score that final goal."
The Chippewas were firing on all cylinders, outshooting the Colonials 18-6 and finishing with a 6-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Shannon Magnan, Madison Costner and McKay Matheson each recorded an assist for the Chippewas, while goalkeeper Zoie Reed notched three saves.
Sydney Bruckner and Julia Schmid split time in goal for Robert Morris. They recorded two saves apiece.
CMU will look to keep the momentum going as it travels to Oakland on Sunday (1p.m.) for a non-conference match. The Grizzlies are 0-2.