Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Utilizing a remarkable second-half performance, the Central Michigan soccer team capped off its season with a 4-1 win over Eastern Michigan in a Mid-American Conference match on Thursday at the CMU Soccer Complex.
The Chippewas finished 8-8-3, 3-6-2 MAC. They rebounded from a tough 2-1 loss to Western Michigan that eliminated them from the MAC Tournament race on Sundy. The win eliminated Eastern Michigan (7-12-1, 4-7) from tournament contention as well.
"The commitment and passion that the team had and how hard they competed today - I could not be more proud of their response in terms of the difficult circumstances playing the game today," CMU coach Peter McGahey said. "They did an excellent job competing and finishing the season off really strong."
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead at the 32-minute mark. Central Michigan came out of halftime ready to respond with its highest-scoring second half of the season.
"It was 0-1 at halftime ... it was sort of the looming end of the tunnel," McGahey said. "It was a tremendous performance and the seniors set the tone for that throughout the second half. I think that's something they'll be able to look back on and be really proud of."
Savannah Beetcher, one of five seniors playing her final game in a Chippewa uniform, scored less than three minutes into the second half to tie the game and give the Chippewas a spark.
Lexi Pelafas, Madison Costner and Shannon Magnan each each scored for CMU. Meghan Sweeney finished with two assists, while Beetcher, Marle Bringard and Lauren Sherry added one apiece.
Pelafas finished with an impressive nine shots, five of which were on goal. Magnan and Beetcher added four shots apiece. The Chippewas finished with a dominant 25-10 advantage in shots, including 12-5 in the second half. CMU also finished with a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
"The team did a good job recognizing where the space was that Eastern gave to us," McGahey said. "When their back line was high, we could play behind them and when they dropped deep, we could play in front of them. I think we did a really good job capitalizing on that."
Zoie Reed made seven saves in goal for Central Michigan while Kaylin Williams had 11 for Eastern Michigan.
Peyton Davis scored for EMU with an assist by Madeline Olson.