Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Following a 5-0 loss on senior day against Appalachian State at home on Sunday, the Central Michigan field hockey team looks to finish strong as they near the end of the season.
The Chippewas are 0-13 and, after Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Mountaineers - Saturday's game counted in the Mid-American Conference standings; Sunday's did not - 0-3 in league play.
CMU will entertain Michigan State (6-7) in a nonconference matchup on Tuesday (4 p.m.) and Kent State (5-9, 2-1 MAC) on Friday (3 p.m.).
"My message to the team after the match today was `don't let anyone steal your heart,'" CMU coach Molly Pelowski said. "We still have five games left on our schedule and we're still very strong. I asked our seniors during post game to step up and contribute again. They want to finish out the season strong and I think that's a testament to what they've given to the program."
Carly Brengosz, Emily Barber, Catherin Schneider, Alex Gonda, Harriet Aburn and Addy Marshall were the six Chippewa seniors recognized on Senior Day.
"They've invested a ton in our program and have weathered a very heavy storm in the past three seasons," Pelowski said. "They've done so much to make the culture of our program very strong and one that's very positive.
Ali Williams put Appalachian State ahead less than five minutes into the first half with an assist by Taylor Cimbalist. Cimbalist continued to dominate for the Mountaineers, scoring two and adding another assist. She finished with four total shots, three of which were on goal.
Abigal Ebersole and Lily Amadio split even time in the cage for Central Michigan. They save two and one shots, respectively.
Cara Satre lead CMU in shots with three while Barber added two.
The Mountaineers outshot the Chippewas 13-9.
"We have to be like a caged animal," Pelowski said. "We need to be ready to pounce (on Tuesday). Michigan State will be coming up here into our home turf, so we need to capitalize on an opportunity to play again."