OXFORD, Ohio –Miami Women’s Soccer battled rival Ohio University to a 1-1 tie in double overtime Friday evening at the Miami Soccer Field. The Bobcats scored first to take an early 1-0 lead, but Miami sophomore midfielder Jess Bronke’s blistering shot in the final nine minutes of the first half evened the match and gave the two teams the draw.
“What a battle,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “That was just a classic OU-Miami game. I’m proud of our kids’ effort. This is the first time we’ve looked like ourselves since the Purdue game [on Sept. 15]. In this league, I’ll take the point [in the standings] any day.”
The RedHawks (4-6-1, 1-1-1 MAC) placed 11 shots on goal on 22 total shots during the game, but goalkeeper Mattie Liston was a force in net for the Bobcats (5-3-3, 1-1-1 MAC), making 10 saves in the game, including four in the first half to preserve the tie.
“She’s a fantastic goalkeeper,” Kramig said about Liston. “She’s been doing that to us for four years.”
To start the first half, neither team gained much of an advantage as both defenses held the opposition without a shot for the first 11 minutes of the match. Ohio broke the scoreless tie in the 18th minute on a long shot by Alexis Milesky that was perfectly placed to beat Miami senior keeper Allison Norenberg. Milesky took over possession in the RedHawks five yards outside of the top right corner of the penalty box. She moved toward the center and sent in a hard shot into the far upper corner just out of reach of Norenberg for the 1-0 Ohio lead.
Over the next 19 minutes Miami went on the offensive, taking seven shots and earning a corner kick while limiting Ohio to just one shot. With just under nine minutes to go in the first half, the RedHawks intercepted a clearing pass and sent the ball into the deep right corner where freshman Jenna Weiner picked it up and moved into the penalty area. Weiner tried to angle for a shot, but found her path cut off by the Bobcat defense and sent a pass back toward the top of the box where Bronke one-touched it past Liston to tie it at 1-1.
In the second half and two overtime periods, Miami outshot Ohio 12-7 but couldn’t get the go ahead goal as Liston made every save. She wound up with 10 saves in the match while Norenberg stopped three shots. Ohio earned seven corners to Miami's six in a game that featured a lot of chances and great defense.
The RedHawks now turn their attention to Kent State for a game scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. With expected storms on Sunday, there is a possibility the game will be moved up to 11 a.m. Check back at MURedHawks.com for announcements on the potential time change.