MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan soccer program started its 2011 campaign on the right foot Friday, defeating Detroit, 1-0, at the CMU Soccer Complex to extend its home unbeaten streak to 25 games.
"It's great to have a win and a shutout to begin the season," head coach Neil Stafford said. "Our ability to use all of our subs today, except for our backup goalie, is really a credit to our players."
Junior, a 2009 Mid-American Conference All-Freshmen Team selection that missed the majority of last season to injury, scored in the 28th minute to give the Chippewas (1-0) the win. Junior was credited with the assist on the play after crossing the ball over the Titans' (0-1) goalkeeper to find Hawkins on the back-left post for the goal.
"Autumn is a good player for us," Stafford said. "It's almost like having a new recruit. She is going to get a little bit sharper and a little bit better as she moves on. She will definitely add to our offensive punch this season."
The Maroon and Gold posted its first shutout of the season in the win, something that has become familiar during the team's success over the last two-plus seasons. Juniorwas credited with the win, earning her first career shutout after stopping the only shot on goal she faced all day.
Seniorsand also extended their consecutive starts streaks to 67 games on Friday, each playing the full 90 minutes in the contest.
The Chippewas outshot the Titans, 12-5, while holding a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
CMU will be back in action next Friday when it hits the road for the start of a four-game road trip at Evansville.