’Hawks fall at home to Purdue and Milwaukee
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 01:09
The Miami University soccer team lost two games over the weekend in eerily similar fashion, faltering in the final minutes in losses to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Purdue.
The last time Miami gave up four goals in a match in the regular season was over three years ago in a 5-2 loss to Butler University on Sept. 3, 2010. This past weekend they did it twice.
The RedHawks (3-4-0) fell to the Milwaukee Panthers (1-6-1) Friday 4-3 after giving up two goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation. It was a similar tale on Sunday against Purdue (5-2-1) as the ’Hawks took the lead in the 81st minute only to lose it just over a minute later. Miami then lost the game in the second overtime 4-3.
The loss to the Boilermakers extended a three game losing streak for the ’Hawks.
Despite identical results in both matches, head coach Bobby Kramig said he thought his team put forth a more valiant effort in the game against the Purdue.
“I think that we showed great improvement over where we were on Friday,” Kramig said. “I felt like this was one of the better 90 minutes … that we’ve put together this year. I was really pleased with the effort. We played some very good soccer, scored some great goals against really a very good Purdue team.”
The ’Hawks and the Boilermakers traded goals early and often. Miami senior midfielder Katy Dolesh struck early off of a deflected pass in the box from senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski. Purdue tied the game just two minutes later on a goal by junior forward Alex Hairston.
Miami reclaimed the lead in the 37th minute on a goal by sophomore midfielder Haley Walter. It was Walter’s fourth goal in four games. However, the Boilermakers did not relent, scoring in the 62nd minute on a penalty kick by senior midfielder Jordan Pawlik.
Dolesh was not done as she gave the RedHawks what appeared to be the game-winning goal in the 81st minute on another assist from Zakrzewski. It was not meant to be however, as senior forward Hadley Stuart scored for Purdue to tie the game at 3-3.
In the first overtime period the ’Hawks had several close calls as Zakrzewski hit the crossbar twice, yet they were unable to find the net. The Boilermakers then sealed the deal in the second overtime when Pawlik launched the ball from 15 yards out over the outstretched hands of Miami senior keeper Allison Norenberg.
The loss put a damper on senior day for the RedHawks, as this year’s senior class was honored in a pregame ceremony.
Team captain Dolesh was one of the seniors honored before the game. She said the ’Hawks had to eliminate “little mistakes.”
“Defensively we’ve got to make sure that we step up to everyone and that we’re anticipating everything that’s coming our way,” Dolesh said. “[We] just [have to] be prepared for teams to come right at us.”
The loss to the Boilermakers Sunday came on the heels of a loss to Milwaukee in which Kramig said he was concerned about his team’s defensive organization and communication.
The RedHawks enjoyed offensive success against the Panthers, just as they did against the Boilermakers, as Dolesh, Walter and junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges each recorded a goal. However, it was the defense which once again failed Miami in the waning minutes.
After the Panthers tied the game up in the 80th minute, they scored the game winner in the 88th minute of regulation. Milwaukee junior forward Kelly Lewers weaved her way through the center of the Miami defense and pummeled the ball into the right corner of the net for the unassisted goal.
Kramig said he believes this tough stretch the RedHawks currently find themselves facing will pay dividends in the long run.
“I know that these are trying times for us,” Kramig said. “I know that we’re on a little bit of a losing streak right now. But I’m telling you what, were getting better and I think we’ll be just fine. We’ll be ready to go come conference [play]. We just have to learn some tough lessons.”
The ’Hawks finish up their non-conference schedule on the road against Marshall University Sunday.