Irish Eliminate Chippewas In NCAA Tournament

Updated 11/16/2009
Story courtesy of courtesy of Central Michigan Sports Information

NOTRE DAME, Ind. ‹ The Central Michigan soccer team¹s unbeaten streak finally came to an end in a 6-1 loss to No. 5 Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

The Chippewas finish the season 17-4-3, the best record in program history.

UND got on the board just 2:29 into the match when Taylor Knaack¹s shot from deep clanged off the bottom of the crossbar and went right to Jessica Henderson, who put it in to give the Irish a 1-0 lead.

³Notre Dame is a fantastic team, the best that we¹ve played since I got here,² head coach Tom Anagnost said. ³It was a bad way to start the game, but after their goal I felt we played well for a stretch and put some pressure on them.²

Henderson struck again in the 21st minute when she beat CMU defender and blasted a low shot that found the back of the net, putting UND up a pair.
The tally marked the first time since Sept. 6 that CMU had allowed more than one goal and the third occurrence all season.

Henderson completed the first half hat trick to make it a three-goal bulge in the 34th minute when she pounced on a rebound off a Shay Mannino save.
The Maroon and Gold trailed, 3-0, at the half. It is only the second time all year that CMU has allowed three goals in a half.

The Chippewas came out with energy in the second half and cut the Irish lead to 3-1 in the 55th minute when Molly Gerst buried a centering pass from Amanda Waugh for her sixth goal of the season and first since Oct. 11.

³I was very proud of how the team played in the first half of the second half,² head Anagnost said. ³We played the way we are capable of playing and got back into it. I¹m especially proud of our seniors Amanda Waugh, Molly Gerst, Stephanie Martin, Kristen Pelkki and Kristen Hubright. They have done everything they¹ve been asked to do since they came here and set a standard this year that will be difficult to improve upon.²

UND went back up by three when Rose Augustin blasted a free kick into the far left side with 28:54 remaining.

Henderson scored her fourth of the afternoon with 24:41 remaining to make it a 5-1 contest.

Rachel Vandergeneuten capped the scoring with 1:16 remaining with a long shot to the top right post to make it 6-1. The six goals are the most CMU has allowed all year.

Notre Dame outshot Central, 26-5, while both teams took two corner kicks.

Mannino started in goal for CMU and stopped six of 11 in 73:34 of action. She ends the year with a school-record 0.60 goals against average. Her 17 solo shutouts in 2009 are the fourth most recorded in a single season by a Division I keeper in NCAA history. Kristen Hubright played the final 16:26 and stopped one of the two shots she faced.

The Chippewas¹ season ends with a nation-leading 19 shutouts through the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 19 shutouts in 24 matches gives the Chippewas¹ a .792 shutout percentage in 2009, the fifth best ever recorded by an NCAA Division I team.