MU extends unbeaten streak to five
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 10:10
The Miami University soccer team (6-6-2) beat the Eastern Michigan University 1-0 (7-6-1) and tied the Western Michigan University (6-3-2) in a pair of double overtime battles.
The results extended Miami’s unbeaten streak to a season high five games. The RedHawks are now 3-1-2 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), placing them second in the East division.
The ’Hawks beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles Sunday in double-overtime on a goal by senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski in the 108th minute of play. Junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges controlled the ball on Eastern Michigan’s end line and sent it to the top of the penalty box where Zakrzewski was waiting to put it away for the deciding score.
The goal was controversial because the Eagles thought the ball had gone out of bounds before Dinges gathered it. Eastern Michigan’s players had stopped defending, allowing Zakrzewski a clear shot at the goal.
“You’ve got to play to the whistle,” said head coach Bobby Kramig said. “That’s the rules. We did and their kids didn’t.”
Miami had four shots on goal during the game compared to Eastern Michigan’s six. Zakrzewski and senior forward Katy Dolesh had two each.
The last-minute victory over Eastern Michigan came on the heels of another double-overtime battle against the Broncos of Western Michigan. Both teams struggled to find offensive momentum and the game ended up being a scoreless tie after 110 minutes.
The Broncos and RedHawks took eight shots each. Western Michigan placed only three of its shots on goal. Miami managed to place five shots on goal, but never found the back of the net.
The RedHawks have now recorded three straight shutouts. Senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg said the defense is playing in sync right now.
“Each individual played really well and won their individual battles,” Norenberg said. “We looked really good as a team defensively. We communicated, that was a major thing today. We were just playing for each other.”
Norenberg became Miami’s all-time career leader in shutouts with her 17th against the Broncos. She added to that total Sunday with her 18th shutout.
Norenberg said the credit should go to her teammates for the accomplishment.
“I don’t really see it as an individual accomplishment,” Norenberg said. “It’s like more of a team accomplishment. I’m really proud of my teammates in front of me. I’ve played with great backs like [senior] Sam Parrish and [junior] Courtney Zanotti in front of me for the past three years and I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this without them.”
Kramig said the team is playing the best it has all season.
“This has been a really great weekend for the team,” Kramig said. “To come up here and go against a couple of teams that were both 4-0 coming into this weekend in the MAC and to come out of here with a draw and a win speaks volumes about our team’s character. We’ve gone through our share of tough times this season and the kids have hung in there, kept working, never quit competing and were starting to reap some of the reward of that.”