EMU women’s soccer beats Illinois, Toledo in MAC play

The women’s soccer team at Eastern Michigan University started Mid-American Conference play this past weekend with two big victories on the road. EMU defeated Northern Illinois 1-0 at home in Dekalb, Ill. Sept. 21. Two days later they defeated Toledo, the defending MAC Champions, 3-0.

The Eagles look to continue their winning streak against the Bowling Green State University Falcons when they come to visit Scicluna Field at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. The Eagles (5-3-1; 2-0 MAC) will look to win their third and fourth straight MAC victories by the end of the weekend. The Falcons have been struggling early in the season with an overall record of 1-8-1.

The Eagles will host Central Michigan University Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. Heading into the BGSU match, EMU sits atop of the West Division with Ball State University and CMU with 2-0 records.

EMU’s team has had a promising start to their season. Junior Cara Cutaia has averaged two and a half points per game, second best in the MAC and sophomore Bianca Rossi has averaged two points per game, third best in MAC. Redshirt freshman Jenna O’Dell has 59 saves on the year with four shutouts.

The key to the Eagles victory has been moving the ball up around and scoring off of assists. Sophomore Angela Vultaggio and Cutaia each have four assists this early on the season. Junior Stephanie Clarke and senior Jessica Thomas each have three assists. Rossi leads the team in goals with five for the season, while Cutaia has four of her own.

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