OXFORD, Ohio – One trip left.
The Miami University soccer team closes out its season-opening four-match road trip when it heads to Louisville on Sunday. Opening kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
MU (2-1) is coming off a 3-1 setback at Northwestern last Sunday, which ended its 14-match unbeaten streak. The Red and White have scored exactly one goal in each of their first three contests this season with Kat Zalar and Haley Walter tying for the team lead with one apiece.
The RedHawks and Cardinals (2-1) met on Sept. 8 last season in Oxford with UL outlasting MU 3-2 in overtime. Walter and Jess Bronke both scored to give Miami a 2-0 lead early in the second half, but Louisville scored twice in 44 seconds to tie it up and force overtime before striking in the 95th minute to complete the comeback.
Louisville is coming off a 1-0 home win against Ole Miss last Friday, one which moved the Cardinals back above .500 at 2-1. Like the RedHawks, the Cardinals have both scored and allowed three goals in their three contests and are led offensively by Isabella Habuda’s two goals and four points. Paige Brown has logged all 270 minutes in goal for UL and has a 1.00 goals against average and a .625 save percentage. In three matches, Louisville has outshot its opponents by a 39-16 margin.
Live stats and live video (subscription required)) will be available for Sunday’s match, courtesy of UofLSports.com.
All-Time Series: Sunday’s match marks the 10th all-time meeting between Miami and Louisville. The RedHawks boast a 4-5 record against the Cardinals, but have dropped the last five meetings in the series. Miami’s first match as a program was against Louisville on Sept. 3, 1997.
Looking for Offense: While the Red and White have played well to start the year, they are looking for more finish in the attacking third of the field. Dating back to last year, Miami has scored less than two goals in 13 of its last 17 contests, including all three this season. The results have still been favorable for the RedHawks, as they are still 10-3-4 overall and 6-3-4 when scoring under two goals in that stretch.
A Flock of RedHawks: Head coach Bobby Kramig has been quite willing to utilize his bench in the early stages of the season. The RedHawks have played 20 or more players in each of their first three games. Nineteen of Miami’s field players have played in all three contests and are averaging at least 20 minutes on the pitch per match.