April 26, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - Featuring at least 10 home games, the 2011 Miami University women's soccer team's schedule was released Tuesday by head coach Bobby Kramig. The RedHawks will also host a four-team tournament in Oxford in September.
Prior to opening the regular season, Miami will host an exhibition match against Wright State Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. The `Hawks then open the regular season with a pair of home games against IUPUI and Morehead State. Miami faces IUPUI Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m., which will be the third meeting between the teams all-time as the `Hawks won the previous two match-ups, but the sides haven't met since 1999. Morehead State comes to Oxford Sunday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. as the Eagles defeated Miami in their last meeting in 2009 but the `Hawks are 5-1 all-time vs. MSU.
The following weekend, Miami hits the road for the first time in 2011, playing local rival Xavier Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. The RedHawks topped the Musketeers in 2009 and are 2-2 all-time against Xavier while playing them to a draw during this past spring season. On Sunday, Aug. 28, the `Hawks head to Richmond, Ky. for a 1 p.m. contest with Eastern Kentucky, which will be Miami's first meeting at EKU as the `Hawks won in Oxford in 2009 in the only previous match-up.
Miami then hosts its four-team tournament Sept. 9 and 11 as Wright State returns to Oxford while East Tennessee State and Tennessee-Martin will also participate. The RedHawks battle Tennessee-Martin in the second game Friday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. while Wright State and ETSU play at 1:30 p.m. On Sept. 11, the `Hawks again play the late game, taking on ETSU at 3 p.m. after WSU and UT-Martin square off at noon. Sept. 11 will also serve as Senior Day for the Red and White. Miami will be facing ETSU and UT-Martin for the first time in program history although it played in ETSU's tournament last year, just not against the Buccaneers.
The RedHawks wrap-up non-conference play Sept. 16 and 18 as Miami travels to the Hoosier State to take on Evansville on the 16th at 8 p.m. ET after beating the Purple Aces, 3-2, in Oxford last year. On Sunday, Sept. 18 Miami plays its final non-league game of the regular season when it hosts Indiana State at 1 p.m. The `Hawks defeated ISU 2-0 during this past spring season but the squads have never met during the regular season.
"I think it's a good schedule. I think it will provide us with a good non-conference test that will help prepare us for what will surely be a very competitive and very challenging season within the Mid-American Conference," Kramig said.
Mid-American Conference action starts Friday, Sept. 23 as Miami opens at Kent State at 4 p.m. before moving on to Buffalo Sunday, Sept. 25 for a noon match. The RedHawks downed both teams, 1-0, and 4-3, respectively to start MAC play last year in Oxford. Miami then hosts Ball State Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. for its MAC home opener while defending regular season champion Toledo comes to Oxford Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.
Following four straight road games over the next two weekends, including a trip to 2010 MAC Tournament champion Central Michigan Friday, Oct. 7, Miami closes out the regular season with three home matches. Northern Illinois and Western Michigan come calling Oct. 21 and 23 while the `Hawks wrap up with Bowling Green Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.
The top eight teams in the regular-season standings then advance to the MAC Tournament, which runs Oct. 30 to Nov. 6. The quarterfinals are held Sunday, Oct. 30 with the top four seeds hosting while the semifinals and championship take place at the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals. The semifinals are Friday, Nov. 4 while the championship game is Sunday, Nov. 6 with the winner receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, which starts Nov. 11. Miami has advanced to the semifinals each of the last two years, including the title game in 2009.
The RedHawks are coming off a 13-7-2 campaign in 2010, with the 13 wins the most since 2002 and fourth-most in school history, while Miami also captured its first MAC East Division crown after going 5-4-2 in league play. The `Hawks just finished their spring exhibition slate Wednesday, April 20, going 4-2-1 in seven matches.