RedHawks extend win streak to longest of year
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 01:10
After a weekend sweep of Ohio University and Kent State University, the Miami University soccer team remains unbeaten in Mid-American Conference (MAC) play at 4-0, while improving its overall record to 9-2. Miami now is riding a five game winning streak and has scored 34 goals in 12 games.
Miami faced its first two conference road tests of the season over the weekend following two MAC wins at home last week.
The RedHawks prevailed in a close contest Friday against Ohio, winning 1-0, Miami’s fourth straight win over the Bobcats.
Both teams played stifling defense, and opportunities were limited on both sides. The game was scoreless at halftime, but Miami returned to the aggressive offensive style it has played all season. The ’Hawks continued to pressure the Bobcats’ back line, striking 14 shots.
The Red and White finally broke open the scoring in the 86th minute when senior captain Jess Kodiak tapped in a shot, after freshman forward Haley Walter’s shot was blocked. Kodiak recorded her seventh goal and Walter notched her fifth assist of the season.
Miami finished the game with a 22-9 shot advantage an 8-4 corner kick advantage.
“It was a really interesting game,” Head Coach Bobby Kramig said. “It was hard-fought. The thing I really liked about this game was how we handled ourselves, kept our poise and stayed patient. We had a lot of composure and didn’t get frustrated. Ohio’s a tough team to play and a very sound team defensively. We knew coming into the game they weren’t going to give up anything easy.”
Freshman forward Morgan Beck said the team had to pick up offensive intensity, despite scoring more than 20 goals than its opponents this year.
“We’ve outworked a lot of teams this year,” Beck said. “We’re going to have to keep picking up the tempo of games going further into the season, especially now that the competition is getting better.”
Sunday’s game was a fast-pasted affair against Kent State. The ’Hawks had to respond to Kent State’s early offensive pressure. Redshirt sophomore goalie Allison Norenberg was tested throughout the game, but Miami struck first, as Walter and Kodiak took a theme from Friday’s game. In the 29th minute Walter again had a shot blocked, but Kodiak was able to put in the shot on the rebound.
The Golden Flashes tied the game just eight minutes later. The 1-1 score remained through halftime. In the 56th minute, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Dinges scored her sixth goal of the year on an assist from junior forward Katy Dolesh. But seven minutes later the ’Hawks gave up a game-tying goal.
The game remained tied until the 70th minute, as freshman defender Lauren Kelly scored her first goal of the season, putting Miami up 3-2. Junior defender Sam Parrish was awarded the assist. Dinges sealed the victory with her second goal of the game in the 87th minute, putting the Red and White up 4-2.
Miami had a 15-13 shot advantage and a 7-4 corner kick lead over Kent State. This was also the third time in five games the RedHawks had a multi-goal scorer.
“It was just a super hard-fought, physical game,” Kramig said. “I’m very pleased with how our kids responded to not only the difficult conditions and the physicality of the game but also having the lead and being pulled back level twice. We responded so positively on both occasions, I’m really pleased.”
The RedHawks have another home slate of MAC games this weekend, hosting Western Michigan University 4 p.m. Friday and Eastern Michigan University 1 p.m. Sunday.