OXFORD, Ohio – Wrapping up a three-game homestand, the Miami University women’s soccer team welcomes a pair of tough teams to town this weekend while also holding its Alumni Weekend and recognizing its seniors. The RedHawks square off with Milwaukee on Friday at 4 p.m. before Big Ten foe Purdue comes calling on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Senior Day with both matches at Miami Soccer Field.
Miami (3-2) spilt its two contests last weekend, blanking IPFW on the road, 3-0, Friday night, before being edged in overtime by Louisville, 3-2, Sunday in Oxford. Against the Mastodons, the RedHawks used a complete effort to earn their third straight win, all shutouts. Sophomore midfielder Haley Walter scored the game-winner early in the match while classmate Jess Bronke tallied her first career goal to cap the scoring. Freshman goalkeeper Vic Maniaci started in goal, which was her first action as a RedHawk, as she earned her first win and shutout in the process.
On Sunday against a tough Cardinals team, Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold off Louisville in the end as the ‘Hawks saw their win streak snapped. Walter again started the scoring with a goal early and Bronke scored for a second straight match early in the second half, but UL struck twice in less than a minute to pull even and notched the game-winner five minutes into overtime.
Senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg was back in net against the Cardinals, as she has started all but the IPFW match this year. She carries a 1.48 goals-against average and a .625 save percentage into the weekend with two shutouts. As a team, the RedHawks’ defense ranks fourth in the MAC, allowing 1.20 goals per game.
Offensively, Miami is tops in the MAC, scoring 2.60 goals per game, led by senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski, who is first on the team and third in the league with eight points, including a team-best three goals. Junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges, who assisted on both goals against Louisville, is second on the squad with seven points, including a team-best three helpers, which ties for second in the MAC. A total of six different RedHawks have at least four points while five have at least two goals. In addition to Zakrzewski and Dinges, Bronke, Walter and senior midfielder Katy Dolesh all have a pair of tallies.
Milwaukee, the five-time defending Horizon League Tournament champions, comes to Oxford with a deceiving record of 0-5-1. The Panthers have played a very difficult schedule early on, facing three Big Ten teams, an ACC team and an SEC team. Last weekend, Milwaukee was clipped by DePaul, 1-0, on Friday, before tying Vanderbilt, 4-4, in double overtime. The four goals doubled the Panthers’ season total entering the match. Leading the charge offensively is junior forward Krissy Dorre, who has a team-best three goals, while classmate Kelly Lewers has two. Fellow junior midfielder Kelsey Holbert has a team-high two helpers. Freshman keeper Paige Lincicum has started every match in goal and has a 2.82 GAA and a .609 save percentage.
The RedHawks are 1-0-0 all-time against Milwaukee, defeating the Panthers, 4-2, in Milwaukee last year. In that contest, Miami trailed 2-1 early in the second half but scored three unanswered goals, including the final two from Walter, to secure the victory.
Purdue (3-2-1), which hosts IPFW on Friday before heading to Oxford, is coming off a win and a tie last weekend. The Boilermakers, who average an impressive 3.33 goals per game, downed Dartmouth, 5-3, on Friday, before tying Seattle, 2-2 in double overtime. Purdue is 2-0-0 against the MAC this year, defeating Akron, 5-0, and Northern Illinois, 4-1. The Boilermakers are 0-1 on the road this year, however, falling at Kansas. Freshman forward Maddy Williams leads Purdue’s offense with a team-high 15 points, including a team-best six goals. Senior forward Hadley Stuart is second with 13 points, including a team-best seven assists. The Boilermakers, who allow 2.33 goals per game, have used three different goalkeepers on the year, with all three playing in at least two matches.
Miami is 0-1-1 all-time against Purdue, last meeting in 2004, a Boilermaker victory. In 2002, Purdue came to Oxford and the two sides played to a 1-1 overtime draw. The match marks the second straight year the RedHawks have hosted a Big Ten school, after Northwestern visited last year.
Prior to Sunday’s match with Purdue, Miami will honor its six seniors and four senior managers as part of Senior Day. In addition to Zakrzewski, Dolesh and Norenberg, forward Sydney Busch and defenders Sam Parrish and Ariana Kulinczenko will also be recognized, as well as managers Sarah Flanders, Dani Fraelick, Chelsea Hupp and Madison Ryan. The RedHawks will also have several alumni on hand as part of their annual Soccer Alumni Weekend.
Live stats for both matches this weekend will be available on MURedHawks.com while Sunday’s game will also be streamed live on Miami All-Access. To purchase a subscription to Miami All-Access, which includes live streaming of home games and audio of road games for several Miami sports, click here. Following this weekend, Miami concludes non-conference play with a match at former MAC rival Marshall on Sunday, Sept. 22.