Women's Soccer Falls Short to Chippewas
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A second-half goal by Kassie Hollman (Macon, Ga.) ended Central Michigan’s six game shutout streak, but the Herd still fell short, 4-2, at Sam Hood Field on Sunday afternoon in Mid-American Conference women’s soccer action.
CMU (8-4-3, 6-1-3 MAC) took advantage of a Marshall penalty in the box in the 31st minute of play as Jacquie Lacek netted the first score of the game. Three minutes later, a Alison Heydorn goal off a Lacek assist made it 2-0 CMU.
Hollman made it a one-goal game with her score off a Megan Jenkins (Dayton, Ohio) pass in the first five minutes of the second half. Ellerie Karl--who was celebrating senior day with the Herd’s other two seniors, Ashleigh Woods (Penfield, N.Y.) and Jessica Crawford (Amelia, Ohio)—knocked in her second goal of the season to make it a tie game heading into the last 20 minutes of regulation.
“We saw two completely different teams today,” head coach Chris Kane said. “We were outworked in the first half and we challenged them at halftime to come out hard in the second half and we did.”
But it was CMU that showed why they are number one in total shots in the conference this season. The Chippewas amassed nine shots in the second half and managed to convert on two of them—a Lisa Taube goal off a free kick and a Laura Roberts score off a Rachel Snyder corner kick—for the two-goal win.
“45 minutes do not make a game…that’s been our motto all season long,” Kane said. “When we came back and tied it, that’s the team we need to be.”
Marshall (3-10-3, 0-9-1) was out-shot in the contest 20-13. Woods made seven saves in the loss while CMU’s Anne Decker had four stops for the win.
Sunday was the home finale for the Herd while also serving as senior day.
“The seniors are fantastic kids,” Kane said. “It is unfortunate we couldn’t send them off with a win…we set out today to do it for them but we just couldn’t get it done.”
Marshall will have its sights set on its two remaining conference contests when it travels to Buffalo on Oct. 22 and Kent State on Oct. 24. The Herd wraps up its season at Virginia Tech on Oct. 27.