Soccer sets record for most consecutive wins
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 15:10
The Miami University soccer team made program history over the weekend, extending its winning streak to nine games for the first time in school history while remaining unbeaten in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
The ’Hawks outlasted Northern Illinois University 3-2 and shut out the University of Toledo 1-0 to improve to 8-0 in the MAC. The Red and White improved to 14-2 on the year with just three regular season games left.
Miami followed up its dramatic win over Eastern Michigan University with another last second nail-biter over Northern Illinois Friday. The RedHawks were unable to put away the Huskies until the very end, despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on a goal by junior forward Katy Dolesh. Freshman midfielder Jess Bronke set up Dolesh’s sixth goal of the season from a long throw-in to sophomore midfielder Kelsey Dinges, who headed the ball to Dolesh as she netted the ball with a header of her own.
“I like being under the pressure of being relied on to take shots when I have the chance,” Dolesh said. “One thing we wanted to do was give ourselves a lot of chances by keeping the ball in their half. It’s what we’ve done all year on offense and it’s helped us score fast.”
Dinges added a goal of her own in the 25th minute from 18 yards out. Junior forward Kayla Zakrzewski tied the Miami record for single season assists with nine on Dinges’ goal.
The ’Hawks remained in control of the game until the 42nd minute. Northern Illinois was able to find the back of the net on one of its seven first half shots, cutting the Miami lead in half.
The Huskies then evened the score in the 67th minute, and the game remained tied until the last five seconds of the game.
Miami earned its eighth and final corner kick opportunity with just 4.8 seconds remaining. Senior captain Jess Kodiak scrambled to send in the attempt, finding Dinges in a crowd of defenders. Dinges snuck a header over every Huskie player on goal for her second goal of the afternoon.
It was Dinges team-leading 10th goal of the season and her third multi-goal game.
“I didn’t think we played particularly well today,” Head Coach Bobby Kramig said. “Northern is a very difficult place to play and a very tough team to play against. However, our team showed great resilience and character in overcoming today’s challenges and I’m very proud of them for that. Kelsey Dinges has been terrific all year. She just keeps getting better and better. She’s playing with such confidence at the moment and deserves her spot at the top of the league scoring table.”
The RedHawks battled the Rockets Sunday through the wind and rain, posting the team’s eighth shutout of the year. The shutout gave sophomore goalie Allison Norenberg the 10th of her collegiate career, putting her second in Miami history.
Miami was under fire early and often, defending three Toledo corner opportunities. Dolesh scored the lone goal of the day from 25 yards out on an assist from Dinges. The game was a defensive struggle from that point on, as the Rockets outshot Miami 12-10.
“Winning on the road in this conference is really difficult and our girls are showing that they know how to compete and win the games when they’re not playing particularly well,” Kramig said.
With the win over Toledo, Miami clinched a home field game in the MAC Quarterfinals Oct. 28.