A Page -- Aug. 27, 2011

RedHawks Hit the Road for First Time in 2011

Miami travels to Xavier Friday, Eastern Kentucky Sunday


OXFORD, Ohio – Looking to remain undefeated in 2011, the Miami University women’s soccer team makes its first road trip of the young season this weekend when it travels to Cincinnati for a Friday night match at Xavier before continuing south to battle Eastern Kentucky Sunday. Friday’s contest with the Musketeers is set for 7 p.m. while RedHawks battle the Colonels at 1 p.m. Sunday.


Miami (2-0-0) is off to a 2-0-0 start for the second straight year and just the fourth time in program history after picking up 4-0 wins over IUPUI in the season opener last Friday and two-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Morehead State Sunday. The ‘Hawks won their first three games in 2010 and have only started 4-0-0 once previously, in 1999, when Miami opened the year 7-0-0.


Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) picked up the first two wins and first two shutouts of her career last weekend in her first collegiate action. Despite having a banged up defense with three new starters (Haley Clark, Sam Parrish and Morgan Stallard), some of which were playing out of their normal position (Clark and Stallard), Miami is the only team in the Mid-American Conference to have two shutouts on the year and one of just four MAC teams to have not allowed a goal so far in 2011. The RedHawks’ back-to-back shutouts to start the year marked just the second time in school history that’s happened, also occurring in 1998.

Katy Dolesh

NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh


Sophomore forward Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) holds the early lead in the MAC with three goals and seven points, which earned her MAC Offensive Player of the Week, her first career weekly honor from the league. Classmate Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) is second in the conference with six points on two goals and two assists, with both goals coming in the opener against IUPUI, which was a career high. Her two helpers are also tied for the MAC lead. Several freshmen have also contributed early on offense as Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) notched a goal and an assist in Sunday’s win while Emily Hyde (Barrington, Ill.) also scored her first career goal against Morehead State and Amanda Filian (Palatine, Ill.) recorded her first assist against IUPUI.


Miami’s eight goals in two games are double what any other team in the MAC has totaled so far and the two convincing victories have moved the RedHawks into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) regional rankings. Miami sits at No. 10 in the Great Lakes Region after week one, just behind Nebraska at No. 9. Akron, who defeated Michigan to open the season, is the only other MAC team ranked, coming in at No. 7.


Xavier (0-2-0), who will be making its 2011 home debut against the ‘Hawks, dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions at Ohio State, who is the top ranked team in the Great Lakes Region and was a National Semifinalist in 2010, and at Cincinnati to start the season. Although the Musketeers are yet to find the back of the net in 2011, Xavier did defeat MAC rival Ohio, 2-1, in exhibition action on Aug. 14. The Muskies also return 21 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2010 team that went 7-11-0. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Markesberry was strong in net for Xavier despite the losses, combining to make 21 saves for a .913 save percentage.


Miami is 2-2-0 all-time against Xavier with the squads last meeting in 2009, when the RedHawks topped the Musketeers, 3-1 in Oxford. Miami last played at Xavier in 2007, which was a 1-0 win for the ‘Hawks.


“It’s difficult playing at Xavier because the surface is different from anything we’re used to. The competition is going to be greater this weekend, with all due respect to those teams,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “However, we’re going to still try to focus on ourselves and keep the emphasis on getting better. We’re more concerned with the things we need to work on than who we’re playing or where we’re playing.”


Eastern Kentucky (0-2-0) is also winless entering the weekend but travels to Wright State Friday before hosting Miami. EKU dropped a 5-0 decision to Louisville at home to start the year before falling to Kentucky, 2-1, on Tuesday, when the Wildcats rallied with two late goals. Freshman Sydney Montgomery had the lone score for the Colonels, who return 14 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2010 team that finished 7-10-2. Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Vance and freshman keeper Annie Wickett have each started a game as EKU looks for a replacement for two-time all-league selection Stephanie Lynch.


Miami’s only previous meeting with Eastern Kentucky came in 2009 when the ‘Hawks downed the Colonels 3-0 in Oxford.


Live stats will be available for Miami’s game at Xavier via Gametracker on MURedHawks.com. After their weekend road trip, the RedHawks are off the following weekend before hosting its own tournament, which features East Tennessee State, UT-Martin and Wright State. Miami faces UT-Martin Sep. 9 at 4:30 p.m. before taking on ETSU Sep. 11 at 3 p.m., which will be Senior Day.

Ohio’s Late Goal Not Enough, Suffers 2-1 Loss at Kentucky

Toye Famodu Scores First Goal of Season in 88th Minute, Leads Team with Three Points this Year


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) scored her first goal of the year in the 88th minute, but the Ohio women’s soccer team’s comeback fell short in the squad’s first road match of the season. The Bobcats fell to the Kentucky Wildcats 2-1 at the UK Soccer Complex on Friday evening.


Famodu finished an unassisted goal with 2:07 remaining in the match. She became the third different Bobcat to find the back of the net this season. Famodu leads the team with three points, and has notched at least one point in each of the last two matches.


Kentucky (3-0) scored a pair of goals in the opening stages of the second half to secure a 2-0 advantage. Kelsey Hunyadi netted her third goal of the year in the 46thminute, while Stuart Pope grew the lead to two goals 11:01 later.

Lakewood native Mattie Liston


In the match, Ohio (1-2) turned in seven shots, including three on goal. Seniors Kelsey Pichel (Rochester, Mich.) and Rachael Philpot (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the team with two shots a piece. Sophomore goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) made one save in goal.


The Bobcats will continue their three-match road trip next weekend. Ohio will travel to Huntington, W.Va., on Friday, Sept. 2, for a non-conference contest against Marshall. The opening touch is slated for 7 p.m.

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Holy Name alumna Alyssa Tindal leads Xavier to First Win of Year as Miami Soccer Suffers First Defeat of Season


CINCINNATI – An early two-goal deficit was too much for the Miami University women’s soccer to overcome, as host Xavier handed the RedHawks a 2-1 loss, Miami’s first of the season, Friday night at the XU Soccer Complex. The match was the first road game of the year for the RedHawks (2-1-0) while it served as the home opener for the Musketeers (1-2-0).


Miami conceded its first goal of the season in its third match of the year in the 22nd minute when XU’s Alyssa Tindal fired a laser from the left side of the 18-yard box that landed in the upper corner of the goal. The Musketeers then doubled their advantage to 2-0 in the 37th minute when Ashton Green slotted the ball past redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) with a low drive. Green received a through ball down the middle from Chelsea Burns to set up the score.


Alyssa Tindal 


“We’ve been slow out of the gate all three games. We finally came up against a team that was good enough to punish us for it,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “We did a much better job of adjusting to things in the second half but by then it was too little, too late. You put yourself in a two-goal hole; it’s tough to climb out of.”


The RedHawks would get one back just before halftime as junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) buried a penalty kick, Miami’s second converted penalty kick of the young season, with less than five minutes until the break. Freshman Hailey Pleshakov (Brighton, Mich.) earned the kick when she was taken down at the top of the penalty box.

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Xavier would take its 2-1 lead into the intermission while holding a 7-5 edge in shots. Norenberg made two saves in the first half, her only two of the game, while XU’s Katie Markesberry also stopped a pair of shots in the opening 45 minutes.


Miami would attempt a comeback in the second half, but the ‘Hawks could not find the equalizer despite outshooting the Musketeers 5-3 in the second half while not allowing a shot on goal by XU. Miami also earned a pair of corner kicks in the second stanza and had three for the game, as did Xavier.


Both sides finished the match with 10 shots while Miami put five on goal to XU’s four. Markesberry finished with four saves, including two stops in the final 45 minutes to preserve her first win of the year. Kodiak put all three of her shots on goal while freshman Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) fired four, but only one was on frame.


“We were confused defensively for long periods of time during the game. Our back four was confused, our midfield was confused. A lot of people were standing around not defending and a couple trying to do too much defending,” Kramig said. “We need to be able to figure out situations a little bit quicker. We’ll learn a lot from this and a lot from watching the video. I think it’s relatively simple things to get worked out.”


The RedHawks look to rebound Sunday when they travel to Richmond, Ky. for a 1 p.m. match against Eastern Kentucky. It is Miami’s first ever contest at EKU.


Raiders Win, 69-51, in Italy

Up just two at the half, Wright State pulled away the final two quarters for a 69-51 win over Florence Basket Thursday, evening its record in Italy at 1-1.

The Raiders led 28-26 at the break before a 20-12 third quarter extended the margin to 48-38.  WSU then tacked on 21 more points in the final period to win going away.

Matt Vest paced Wright State with 13 points while Kendall Griffin had 12, eight of those coming in the second half.  Reggie Arceneaux added 11, Johann Mpondo 10 and Cole Darling nine.

Wright State returns to action on Saturday afternoon, taking on Fulgor Forli at 2:00 Eastern time.  Fans can follow the game with a live blog starting at 1:30.  The blog and other blogs, photos and video on the Italy trip can be found by clicking here.