Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - With a second half filled with Chippewa pressure, the Central Michigan soccer team topped Detroit Mercy, 2-0, on Sunday at the CMU Soccer-Lacrosse Complex.
The Chippewas climbed to 4-2-1 with their fourth win in five starts. CMU looks to pick up its final nonconference win of the season on Saturday (noon) when it entertains Mount St. Mary's (3-5).
"I'm proud of the team today," CMU coach Peter McGahey said. "They responded to a different challenge from Detroit."
Marle Bringard fired in her first goal of the season with an assist from Madison Pogarch to put the Chippewas up 1-0 with 7:44 remaining in the first half. From there, Central Michigan took the reins.
"(After halftime) you saw a little more control and composure," McGahey said. "You saw the sequence of our passing in the second half a little bit better. You saw a little more control in our tackles, particularly right at the top of our defending half."
CMU limited the Titans (2-5-1) to just three shots in the second half. With just over 19 minutes remaining, Lexi Pelafas scored to give the Chippewas a two-goal lead. Pogarch assisted on the goal.
"For Madison to have an assist in both halves is really good," said McGahey of the junior, who leads the Chippewas with three assists on the season. "She's now settling into that position we're asking her to do, which is a little bit different from last year. She's absolutely growing into that role."
Chippewa goalkeeper Zoie Reed recorded five saves while Marina Manzo had eight for the Titans, who have lost five straight starts. It was Reed's second shutout of the season.
Central Michigan had the advantage in shots with 18 against Detroit Mercy's 11.
"When you have a standard as high as ours, you want the game to go perfectly," McGahey said. "The games at this part of the season are preparing us. We take some good lessons away from today; overall I'm really proud of the team."