OXFORD, Ohio – Miami Women’s Soccer looks to end a three-game skid as the team travels to Marshall for its last non-conference game of the season on Sunday at noon. The match pits the high-powered offense of the RedHawks, who have scored multiple goals in all but one game and three or more goals in more than half of the team’s games, against the stingy defense of the Thundering Herd, who give up less than a goal per game.
Miami (3-4-0) is coming off a tough weekend where it fell by just one goal in games against Milwaukee and Purdue last Friday and Sunday, respectively. In the game against the Panthers, Miami held a late lead thanks to goals by sophomore midfielder Haley Walter, senior midfielder Katy Dolesh and junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges, who also recorded an assist on Dolesh’s goal, but surrendered two goals in the final 10 minutes to fall 4-3. On Sunday, the Red and White again held a 3-2 advantage after a pair of tallies by Dolesh and another from Walter, but ultimately fell after the Boilermakers scored in the 82nd minute, just over a minute after Dolesh’s second goal, and again in the second minute of double overtime for the same 4-3 final score.
The game against Purdue marked the second time in three games that the RedHawks dropped an overtime decision following a 3-2 loss in extra time on Sept. 8 against Louisville after starting the season with a 3-1 record.
Miami leads all Mid-American Conference teams with a 2.71 goals per game average, almost a full goal more than second-place Ohio (1.86). Dolesh, the reigning MAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after her three-goal performance last weekend, and fellow senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski lead the RedHawks with 11 points apiece. Miami has also gotten strong play of late from Walter, who carries a four-game goal streak into the weekend. Senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg has started six games for the ‘Hawks, recording two shutouts with a 2.27 goals against average, while freshman keeper Vic Maniaci registered a shutout in her lone start of the season.
The Thundering Herd bring a 4-2-1 record into the match Sunday after defeating Liberty, 1-0, in overtime on the road last Sunday. Marshall averages 1.57 goals per game while allowing a Conference USA-best 0.68 goals per game. Kristine Culicerto, who scored the team’s lone goal last weekend, Erin Simmons and Myka DeMarco lead the Thundering Herd offensively with six points each, while goalkeeper Lizzie Kish has backstopped the team in all seven of its games with four shutouts, a 0.68 goals-against average and .848 save percentage.
The RedHawks are 5-2-0 all-time against their former MAC rival in Marshall, having won each of the last five contests after dropping the first two meetings. The teams last met in 2004 (a 3-2 double-overtime Miami win) and have not faced each other as non-conference opponents. Miami is 2-2-0 all-time in Huntington, W.Va.
Live stats for Sunday’s match will be available on MURedHawks.com while a live video stream is available for purchase here. Next up for Miami are the first MAC games of the season as the RedHawks travel to Akron and Buffalo on Sept. 27 and 29, respectively.