Story courtesy of Central Michigan Media Relations
MAC Women's Soccer Championship Central
Toledo, Ohio -- Freshman forward Kaely Schlosser scored the first two goals of her collegiate career to lead No. 3 Central Michigan in a 2-1 win over No. 2 Miami in the Mid-American Conference tournament semifinals on Friday.
"Kaely played excellent today," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "She has become more and more comfortable lately and her play today propelled us to the win."
The Chippewas (15-4-1) advance to the Sunday's championship match versus the winner of No. 1 Toledo and No. 5 Western Michigan.
Schlosser, who was named to the MAC All-Freshman team Thursday, gave CMU the lead early in the match, scoring her first career goal in just the 11th minute. After junior Claire Horton fired a deep line drive that was saved by Miami's Madison Ryan, Schlosser fired a shot off the rebound to the back of the net.
Just eight minutes later, Katy Dolesh tied things up for Miami, scoring on an assist from Sarah Dessfelt. Dessfelt headed a pass to Dolesh, who beat CMU goalkeeper Shay Mannino for a 1-1 score.
The Chippewas continued to put on pressure throughout the first half, outshooting the RedHawks 11-4, but were unable to beat Madison and the score remained 1-1 at halftime.
During the 57th minute, Schlosser added her second goal of the game and first career game-winner on assists by All-MAC first-team selections, sophomore Bailey Brandon and senior Valerie Prause. Brandon's throw in found Prause in the box, who passed to Schlosser for a chip in goal and a 2-1 CMU lead.
Mannino made two saves on both shots she faced in the second half to secure the lead and send the Chippewas to their second straight MAC championship match.
The Chippewas outshot the RedHawks 17-10 on the day, while putting nine shots on goal compared to just four by Miami.
"We have showed a lot of resilience this season and showed a lot of resilience today," Anagnost said. "Give credit to Miami. They are a very good, dangerous and well coached team. They made it very difficult on us today."
The Chippewas will play again on Sunday, seeking their second straight NCAA tournament berth, in Toledo with kickoff set for 1 p.m. Livestats can be followed via UTRockets.com.