MAC play starts, 2 wins for soccer

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

The Eagles continued their winning streak at home, beating Bowling Green State University at Scicluna Field 2-1 Sept. 28, and Central Michigan University 2-0 Sept. 30.

The Eagles (7-3-1; 4-0 MAC) are looking to win their fifth and sixth straight MAC victories by the end of the weekend.

EMU’s talented bunch has started their season off to a promising start. EMU Junior Cara Cutaia averages 2.5 points per game, second best in the MAC, and sophomore Bianca Rossi averages 2.0 points per game, third best in the 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. Sophomores 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.

The Eagles will be on the road for their next two matches. They play Ball State University Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. in Muncie Ind. and the Miami University Redhawks Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.

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