MU splits games with IPFW and U of L
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 01:09
The Miami University soccer team earned some payback on the road Friday against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) before falling at home to the University of Louisville Sunday.
The RedHawks (3-2-0) shutout IPFW (2-3-0) 3-0 to avenge a tough loss they suffered to the Mastodons last year.
They were not so fortunate Sunday, succumbing to Louisville (2-2-1) in the first overtime 3-2. The loss to the Cardinals ended a three game win streak for the ’Hawks.
The RedHawks, as has been their custom in recent games, came out of the gates on the attack and posted an early 1-0 lead over the Cardinals on a goal by sophomore midfielder Haley Walter in the 16th minute. Junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges forwarded the ball to senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski who was ahead on the left side of the goal. The defense’s complete attention on her, Zakrzewski quickly crossed the ball to an unguarded Walter who buried the ball in the back of the net for the score.
After the RedHawks scored, Louisville largely controlled possession of the ball, just missing on several promising opportunities at the goal.
When the first half ended the ’Hawks still had a 1-0 lead despite trailing the Cardinals in shots 10-3.
Head coach Bobby Kramig said he thought the RedHawks became complacent after they took the lead.
“I thought we came out and played very well the first 20 minutes,” Kramig said. “Then we kind of stopped playing a little bit. We put ourselves under a little pressure.”
The ’Hawks came out with a little more energy at the start of the second half and scored within the first minute.Miami earned a penalty kick from Dinges after a quick Louisville foul. Dinges’ kick was partially deflected by Cardinals freshman keeper Paige Brown to Miami’s sophomore midfielder Jess Bronke. Bronke booted the ball past Brown for her second goal in as many games and a 2-0 lead.
It was the last time that the RedHawks would find the net for the rest of the game.
Louisville responded with a pair of goals in quick succession in the 54th and 55th minutes by senior midfielder Charlyn Corral. A stalemate ensued, forcing the game into overtime. In the 95th minute, Cardinals senior midfielder Nicole Mitchell controlled a deflected pass at the top of the penalty box and launched the ball into the net for the game-winning goal.
The primary challenge for the RedHawks defense coming into the game was to slow down Corral, the 2012 Big East midfielder of the year. It proved to be too tough a task, as the uber-talented Corral was involved in all three of the Cardinals’ scores, recording two goals and the game-winning assist.
Dinges, who had two assists on the day, described the match as a “tough battle.”
“We came out in the second half and gave up two quick goals,” Dinges said. “Then we started to play, but [it just wasn’t enough].”
The ’Hawks finished the game with just 11 shots compared to Louisville’s 22.
Despite the loss, Kramig said he learned some good things about his team Sunday.
“I was really impressed with some of [the players’] performances,” Kramig said. “It was tough conditions, very hot. I was proud of the kids.”
The loss to Louisville put a slight damper on a weekend that started off very promisingly with the win over IPFW Friday. The Redhawks took the early lead in that game on a goal by Walter. Unlike the match against Louisville, Miami took advantage of its early lead and never relinquished it.
The ’Hawks tallied two more goals, one each by Bronke and senior midfielder Katy Dolesh. The defense never relented and Miami dominated the shot count, 13-3.
The ’Hawks’ next match is 4 p.m. Friday at home against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.