EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern scored three-straight goals to dig the Miami soccer team into a hole it could not overcome in a 3-1 loss on Sunday.
The setback is MU’s first of the season as it falls to 2-1. It is also the Red and White’s first loss since suffering a 2-1 defeat to Akron on Sept. 27, 2014, snapping a 14-match unbeaten streak that saw Miami go 10-0-4.
“I give a lot of credit to Northwestern today,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “They have improved a lot as a program they deserve credit for this win. That said, I think we can take some positives away from today. We knew it was going to be a difficult playing surface and that is why we scheduled this game. We needed exposure to this because we’ll play on similar surfaces a couple times during conference play. We struggled controlling the ball, especially in the first half, and we were never able to really get in the flow. We learned important lessons and this is an experience that will help us in the long run.”
Northwestern (3-1) drew first blood in the 22nd minute when Addie Steiner scored to put Miami in a 1-0 hole. That goal was the first allowed by the Red and White this season. The score would hold going into halftime as the Wildcats outshot the RedHawks by a 10-0 margin in the first 45 minutes of play.
Steiner would put the Wildcats ahead 2-0 in the 54th minute with her second tally of the evening as Nandi Mehta picked up an assist. NU grew its lead to three goals in the 66th minute as Sami Schrakamp and Michelle Manning combined to set up Kim Jerantowski to make it 3-0.
The RedHawks got on the board thanks to Haley Walter’s first goal of the year in the 75th minute, a strike that was created by Kelsey Dinges’ corner kick. That goal was MU’s first shot of the evening. From there, the RedHawks got some attack going and fired another shot on goal and two more corner kicks, but got no closer the rest of the way.
Northwestern held a 15-2 advantage in shots and posted a 10-7 edge in corner kicks. Danielle Wiseman made her third-straight start and stopped three of the five shots NU placed on goal.
The RedHawks return to action on Sept. 7 when they close out their season-opening four-match road trip at Louisville.