OXFORD, Ohio – A five-game unbeaten streak has the Miami Women’s Soccer team in the midst of a six-team race for the Mid-American Conference regular season championship with five games left to play. The RedHawks (6-6-2, 3-1-2 MAC) look to keep their streak going this weekend as they host a pair of conference games with Northern Illinois coming to town on Friday, Oct. 18, followed by Toledo on Sunday, Oct. 20.
The RedHawks are currently in sixth-place in the MAC, but are just one point in the standings behind the four teams tied for second and four points behind league-leader Western Michigan whom Miami played to a 0-0 draw in double overtime last Friday.
Last weekend senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg earned two shutouts, breaking the Miami career mark previously held by Krista Pace (’09) with the 17th whitewash of her career in Friday’s tie before adding her sixth of the season and 18th of her career in Sunday’s double-overtime, 1-0 victory over Eastern Michigan. Senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski’s goal, set up by classmate Katy Dolesh, with 1:18 left in the match knocked-off the previously unbeaten Eagles and gave Zakrzewski her 10th career game-winner.
Zakrzewski now leads the RedHawks with 16 points on five goals and six assists. She has scored the game-winning goal in each of the team’s previous two victories, both of which were assisted by Dolesh who leads the team in goals with six and ranks second in points with 14.
The Huskies, 4-8-2 overall with a 2-3-1 record in the MAC, are coming off a 0-0 tie with Bowling Green and 3-0 loss Central Michigan last weekend. They are searching for their first win on the road as they bring a 0-7-1 away record to Oxford. Northern Illinois is led by sophomore Nicole Gobbo with 12 points on six goals. The team’s keeper, senior Amy Carr, has played every minute of the Huskies’ season, recording three shutouts with a 1.69 goals against average and .695 save percentage.
The Rockets will travel to Ball State on Friday before coming to town on Sunday. They are 5-9-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the MAC after splitting with Central Michigan (L, 1-0) and Bowling Green (W, 3-0) last weekend. Senior Rachel MacLeod leads the team with 22 points (second in the MAC) on 10 goals (tied for first in the league) and two assists. Sophomore keeper Sam Tiongson is 5-6-0 with three shutouts on a 1.80 goals against average and .687 save percentage in 12 starts.Friday’s kickoff is at 4 p.m. with Sunday’s start scheduled for 1 p.m. Stats for both games will be available here.