OXFORD, Ohio – Miami Women’s Soccer, currently fourth in the Mid-American Conference standings, travels this weekend to take on the two teams tied for first in the league. The RedHawks (5-6-1, 2-1-1 MAC) take their three-game unbeaten streak to Western Michigan (6-3-2, 4-0-0 MAC) on Friday at 3 p.m. followed by a trip to Eastern Michigan (7-4-1, 4-0-0 MAC) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Over the team’s unbeaten streak Miami has scored just one goal per game, but has played shutdown defense to earn 1-0 shutout wins against Buffalo and Kent State and a 1-1 tie with Ohio. A different RedHawk has been the goal-scorer in each of the three games with senior forward Katy Dolesh scoring two weeks ago against the Bulls, sophomore midfielder Jess Bronke volleying a pass out of the air against the Bobcats and senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski tallying the winner against the Golden Flashes.
Dolesh and Zakrzewski lead Miami with 14 points each as Dolesh leads the team with six goals, tied for fourth in the MAC, and Zakrzewski has a team- and league-best six assists. Senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg has backstopped the RedHawks in 11 of their 12 games, recording a 1.58 goals against average and .640 save percentage with four shutouts, which ranks third in the conference.
Miami’s Friday opponent, the Broncos, have won five in a row and are second in the MAC in scoring with 2.09 goals per game, just ahead of the RedHawks’ 1.92. Last weekend Western topped Central Michigan 1-0 on Friday followed by a 5-0 win over Bowling Green on Sunday. Junior Rachel Chaney scored twice in the win over the Falcons and fellow junior Aubrey Sudomier, who scored the lone goal over the Chippewas, leads the team with 11 points. Senior keeper Michelle Watson has started every game for the Broncos, recording a 0.92 goals against average and a .792 save percentage.
Sunday’s opponent, the Eagles, started off the season with a 1-4-1 record before starting their current six-game winning streak during which they’ve outscored opponents 22-6, including wins last weekend over Bowling Green and Central Michigan by scores of 2-1 and 3-0, respectively. Senior Cara Cutaia leads the team offensively with 18 points on seven goals and four assists while her classmate, Stephanie Clarke, is the reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the game winner against BG and assisting on two others against the Chippewas.
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan McCabe has started every game of the season while allowing a 1.38 goals against average with a .767 save percentage and one shutout. As a team, Eastern leads the MAC offensively with 2.50 goals per game. The Eagles will host third-place Ball State on Friday.