OXFORD, Ohio – With one successful trek through Big Ten country under its belt, the Miami University soccer team aims for a 3-0 start to the season when it travels to Northwestern on Sunday.
The RedHawks (2-0) are looking for their first 3-0 start since the 2010 when they square off with the Wildcats at 5 p.m. The last time Miami started the season 2-0 was in 2012, when it suffered a 2-1 loss to Northwestern at home.
On opening weekend, Miami managed to grind out a pair of 1-0 victories on the road. The Red and White opened the season last Friday with a 1-0 triumph over Purdue at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. On Sunday, a late goal by freshman Kat Zalar proved the only one MU would need as it topped Butler by an identical 1-0 score to claim the tournament title. Senior goalkeeper Danielle Wiseman was named the Defensive MVP of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup after stopping nine total shots in her first two career starts, both solo shutouts. Kelsey Dinges (Offensive MVP), Jess Bronke, Courtney Zanotti and Rachel Marble were also placed on the weekend’s all-tournament team.
After opening the season with a 1-0 loss against Fairleigh Dickinson, Northwestern (2-1) has bounced back to win its last two matches. The Wildcats’ winning ways began with a 1-0 upset victory over then 15th-ranked Marquette last Sunday. NU followed that up with a dominant 6-0 home victory over UIC on Wednesday. Addie Steiner recorded a hat trick in the win over the Flames and has scored four of the Wildcats’ seven goals thus far. Northwestern has not allowed a goal in the last 233:07.
Live stats will be available for Sunday’s tilt, courtesy of NUSports.com.
All-Time Series: Sunday will be just the second time Miami and Northwestern have met on the pitch. The Wildcats prevailed 2-1 in Oxford on Aug. 24, 2012, one of only three matches the RedHawks lost during the 2012 season.
Family Matters: There is a family bond connecting both Miami and Northwestern this weekend. Freshman forward/defender Jenny Barr, who has logged 57 minutes off the bench in the first two matches, has a sister, KK, who is a senior forward/defender for the Wildcats. Barr played in NU’s contest at MU in 2012, recording an assist that day.
Big Ten Matchup: Miami’s win over Purdue in last Friday’s season opener was its first ever victory over the Boilermakers. The win also improved MU to 3-11-1 all-time against the Big Ten Conference.
Patience Pays off for Wiseman: After waiting on the bench for three years, senior goalkeeper Danielle Wiseman finally got her chance to shine in net last weekend. Making her first two collegiate starts, Wiseman stopped all six shots Purdue placed on net and made three more saves against Butler to record back-to-back shutouts.
Can’t be Beat: The RedHawks are 10-0-4 in their last 14 matches after last weekend’s two wins. Their last loss came against Akron on Sept. 27, 2013. During that stretch, the RedHawks have shut out their opponents in 11 of 14 matches.
Clean Sheets: Miami has 14 shutouts in its last 23 matches dating back to last season, when it set a school record with 12 shutouts.