Central Michigan's Postseason Run Begins Friday

Updated 11/12/2009
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MOUNT PLEASANT - On Friday, the Central Michigan soccer team embarks on its first run in the NCAA Tournament when it travels to Notre Dame, Ind., for a first-round contest against Purdue. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.

The Chippewas (16-3-3) enter their tournament on a 17-match unbeaten streak (14-0-3), the third-longest active streak in the nation. Only Dayton (21; 16-0-5) and No. 1 Stanford (20, 20-0) have longer streaks. CMU leads the nation with 18 shutouts and blanked the opposition in all three of its Mid-American Conference Tournament contests to earn the NCAA bid.

The Boilermakers posted a 12-5-3 record in the regular season and finished fourth in the Big Ten Conference with a 5-3-2 league record. PU netted 39 goals (tied for the Big Ten lead), an average of 1.95 per match (third in the conference). Defensively, Purdue finished sixth in the Big Ten with a 1.10 goals against average.

Purdue went 2-0 against MAC teams this season, PU beat Ohio, 5-0, in its season opener and defeated Ball State, 6-1, on Sept. 7.

"We are excited for the opportunity to play Purdue and looking forward to the challenge that comes with it," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "They are a big, fast, high pressure and physical team that is very well coached. Our goal is to play our very best on Friday."

Central Michigan and Purdue have met only once in their histories. That came on Nov. 2, 2001, when the Boilermakers handed the Chippewas a 2-0 loss in Mount Pleasant.

If the Chippewas advance on Friday, they will play the winner between host Notre Dame and IUPUI on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Notre Dame holds a 17-3-1 overall record and went an unbeaten 10-0-1 in the Big East Conference. The Fighting Irish won their conference tournament, defeating Marquette, 2-1, in the championship match. UND netted 44 goals this season (second in the Big East) while allowing 16 (sixth).

Central and Notre Dame have never faced each other in soccer.

IUPUI enters the tournament with a 17-4 overall record. The Jaguars went 7-2 in The Summit League, tied for the best record in the conference. IUPUI punched its NCAA ticket with a 4-1 comeback victory over South Dakota State in The Summit League Championship match. The Jaguars led the conference in both scoring (1.67 goals per match) and goals against average (0.84).

The Chippewas are 2-0 all-time against the Jaguars, but the teams have not met since 1999.

A complete CMU postseason guide is available in .pdf form above. Live stats will be available, courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics and a live blog will be available through cmuchippewas.com.

Story courtesy of Central Michigan Sports Information