Saturday's MAC Women's Soccer Result
West Virginia 2, Central Michigan 1Game story courtesy of the Central Michigan Media Relations Department
West Virginia 2, Central Michigan 1
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - The Chippewas (3-2) came out with their offense firing on all cylinders as senior Valerie Prause fired two of her five shots of the contest within the first five minutes of the game, scoring her first goal on the season in the fifth minute off the assist by sophomore Laura Twidle. Prause would get another scoring chance in the 29th minute of the first half off a free kick from 19-yards, but her attempt would go off the cross bar and the Mountaineers (2-2) would clear.
"It was a great game," said head coach Tom Anagnost. "By far the most entertaining game of the year thus far."
The Maroon and Gold defense held strong throughout the rest of the first half, keeping the West Virginia attack outside of the 18-yard box, while senior goalkeeper Shay Mannino recorded two saves on six shots by WVU.
Both teams would have scoring chances midway through the second half. West Virginia's Emily Dillon fired a shot over Mannino's head, hitting the cross bar and CMU's Laura Twidle would have a one-on-one with WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler in the 75th minute of the contest, but Butler came up with the save to keep it a one-goal contest.
The tides would turn against the Chippewas three minutes later. A CMU foul set up a 25-yard free kick by WVU's Bry McCarthy, who fired a shot into the left side of the net for her first goal of the season and tied the contest at a goal apiece.
Seven minutes later, Bri Rodriguez fired a shot from just outside the box and hit the crossbar and Megan Mischler scored off the rebound to give WVU a 2-1 lead.
"I give a lot of credit to West Virginia for coming back the way they did, it's not easy," Anagnost said. "This game definitely confirms that our team is able to go play anywhere and compete at a very high level."
CMU was outshot in a game for the first time this season, 20-17.
Shay Mannino fell to 1-1 on the season in goal, allowing two goals on 20 West Virginia shots.