OXFORD, Ohio - Riding a three-game winning streak, the Miami University women's soccer team concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule this weekend with a pair of matches. The RedHawks host IPFW Friday at 5 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field before facing another foe from the Hoosier State Sunday when Miami travels to Indiana State for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
With their 4-0 victory over Austin Peay last Friday, the RedHawks (5-1-0) continued their best start since 1999, when Miami began the year 7-0-0, and could match the program record for best eight-game start with a pair of wins this weekend. The RedHawks remained at No. 9 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Poll for the second straight week with the win as Miami is one of just two Mid-American Conference teams ranked (Central Michigan is No. 3).
Despite controlling much of the first half against the Lady Govs, it took an own goal for the 'Hawks to get on the board late in the stanza. Miami wore down APSU in the second half however, tallying three goals in the final 45 minutes, including the first career goals for both freshman Katee Wensinger (Stow, Ohio) and redshirt junior Kelly Sullivan (Wilton, Conn.). Freshman Haley Walter (Cincinnati, Ohio) continued her dominance, chipping in a pair of assists, while junior Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) scored Miami's other goal.
The RedHawks, who have scored at least three goals in four of their six matches, rank ninth nationally and first in the MAC averaging 3.17 goals per game. Senior captain Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) leads the team with both four goals and 11 points, ranking second in the league in points per game (1.83) and third in goals per game (0.67). Walter is second on the squad with nine points, tallying three goals and assists each, all in her last three contests. Sophomore Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) has three goals and seven points while Zakrzewski is tied for the team lead with a trio of helpers and also has seven points.
Defensively, Miami has compiled three shutouts in six games after totaling just four all of last year, while its 0.83 goals-against average is second in the MAC. Redshirt sophomore Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) has started all six games in net and played all but 30 minutes on the year in goal, posting two complete shutouts herself with a 0.88 GAA, which ranks fourth in the MAC, and a .762 save percentage. She was named CollegeSportsMadness.com's MAC Player of the Week Monday for her five-save effort in the shutout of the Lady Govs.
IPFW (2-3-0) comes to Oxford after knocking off Evansville at home, 2-1, last Sunday. The Mastodons' other win came against Miami's opponent Sunday, Indiana State, also a 2-1 win. IPFW has allowed exactly one goal in every game this year, but has been blanked in all three of its losses, which include MAC foes Toledo and Ball State. Sophomore Sydney Hoareau leads the Mastodons with a pair of goals on the year while senior Tylar Allison has a team-high two assists. Freshman Sam Pavlika has played every minute in goal, compiling a 1.00 GAA and an .800 save percentage.
Indiana State (3-3-1) plays at Indiana tonight (Wednesday) and at IUPUI Friday before welcoming the RedHawks Sunday to Memorial Stadium. The Sycamores are coming off a loss and a tie at the UNLV Nike Invitational, falling to Montana, 1-0, last Friday while playing to a scoreless draw with Sacramento State Sunday. All of ISU's wins have come at home, going 3-1 in Terre Haute, with victories over SIU-Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois and Murray State. Sophomore defender Marisa Windisch paces the Sycamores with five points and two goals while junior Shelby Troyer also has a pair of goals. Sophomore Alexandra Rodas has a team-high two helpers. Freshman Erin Mitchell has played every minute in goal for Indiana State, posting a 0.97 GAA with a .794 save percentage and three clean sheets.
Friday's meeting with IPFW will be the first ever between the RedHawks and Mastodons while Miami is 1-0-0 all-time against Indiana State, defeating the Sycamores, 2-1, in overtime in Oxford last year. Despite the match going to extra time, the 'Hawks dominated play, outshooting ISU, 39-8, and earned 17 corner kicks, setting school records for both shots and corner kicks in a match. Zakrzewski scored both Miami goals in the win while now-graduated Sycamore keeper Emily Lahay made 14 saves.
Miami's game against IPFW will be streamed live on MURedHawks.com through the Miami All-Access subscription package, as will several of Miami Soccer's home matches in 2012. In all, over 100 home Miami sporting events will be broadcast through Miami All-Access during the 2012-13 season. To purchase Miami All-Access, click here. Live stats will be available for both matches this weekend as well on MURedHawks.com.
Be sure to wear red to Friday's game against the Mastodons to show your support for Miami as part of "All-In Fridays". "All-In Fridays" is an endeavor to build unity amongst Miami campus faculty, staff and students, the Oxford community and Miami alumni. Fans can also tweet pictures of themselves wearing red to @MiamiRedHawks with the hashtag #AllinFridays or post pictures on Swoop's Facebook page. For more information on "All-In Fridays," click here.
Following the contest at Indiana State, the RedHawks begin Mid-American Conference play hosting Akron Friday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. and Buffalo Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field.