Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana scored four unanswered goals on Friday in downing Central Michigan, 4-1, in a nonconference field hockey game at the IU Field Hockey Complex.
The Chippewas (0-5) play host to Saint Louis (2-2) on Sunday (noon) in their home opener at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.
Carly Brengosz scored 3 minutes, 37 seconds into Friday’s game to stake the Chippewas to a 1-0 lead. Brengosz’s goal, her first of the season, came off a Harriet Aburn penalty corner.
“We started out really positively with an early goal on a great corner by Harriet and Carly,” CMU coach Molly Pelowski said. “I thought we played a really great first half. We got a little inconsistent with our execution, but we continued to do a lot of good things.”
Elle Hempt tied the game at the 17:49 mark, and then Maddie Latino scored with less than four minutes remaining in the first half to put the Hoosiers in front, 2-1.
Indiana (3-2), which won its third consecutive game, scored just over 13 minutes into the second half and added an insurance goal with 19:25 to play.
Lily Amadio started in goal for the Chippewas, and Abigail Ebersole went the final 17 minutes.
Despite the loss, Pelowski said there were plenty of positives for CMU, beginning with the early goal and continuing through the second half. The Chippewas were coming off back-to-back shutouts last weekend, topped by a 6-0 loss to No. 21 American on Sunday.
“We generated a shot on goal within the last five minutes of the match,” she said. “When we play Chippewa field hockey, it works. We just have to do it more often.
“We know our process works, it just takes time. We improved from American to Indiana, put a ball in the back of the net. Now we’re looking forward to getting to play at home in front of our friends and fans in Mount Pleasant against a very good Saint Louis team.”