Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Bowling Green scored three second-half goals to top the Central Michigan soccer team, 3-1, in a Mid-American Conference game on Sunday at the Falcons’ Cochrane Stadium.
The Chippewas (6-5-3, 1-3-2 MAC) look to bounce back as they hit the road for two conference matchups, first at Miami (Ohio) (0-11-1, 0-4-1) on Friday (4 p.m.) and at Ball State (6-5-2, 4-0-1) on Sunday (2 p.m.).
“I think it was a day where we made it a little more difficult on ourselves than we needed to,” CMU coach Peter McGahey said.
Following an evenly played first half, Lexi Pelafas broke the ice at the 58:09 mark to give CMU a 1-0 lead.
Bowling Green responded just over a minute later with a goal by Marissa Swindell, and it was the Falcons’ game from then on.
“The second half message was to just be more aggressive,” said McGahey. “I thought we did that, especially in those first ten minutes. After the goal by Lexi, Bowling Green was able to respond and unfortunately we did not.”
It was the 12th goal of the season for Pelafas, a junior. Shannon Magnan picked up an assist on Pelafas’ goal.
CMU goalkeeper Zoie Reed saved four in going the distance. Victoria Cope had three saves and Kathleen Duwve recorded two while splitting time in goal for Bowling Green.
Swindell had two goals for the Falcons. Erica Hubert also added a goal and an assist.
Bowling Green finished with a 13-7 edge in shots.