April 15, 2012

OXFORD, Ohio - After falling behind, the Miami University women's soccer team battled back to level the match at 1-1 but Wright State tallied four unanswered goals to take a 5-1 victory Sunday evening at Miami Soccer Field in a spring exhibition. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to inclement weather. The RedHawks are now 0-4 during the spring season.

The match was played using three 30-minute periods, as Miami did in one of its other spring games as well, rather than the traditional two 45-minute halves. The Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame, beating rising sophomore goalkeeper Allison Norenberg.

"I thought we were very disorganized defensively from the outset, which led to problems in the midfield and up front and I'm not sure we ever recovered from that," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "It got better as the game went on. (Assistant coach) Nate (Lie) did a good job of getting it sorted out and we played better and despite the score, the game did even up, however we were already discombobulated and had some confidence problems but we'll bounce back. They're good kids."

The RedHawks did fight back and pulled even on a goal by rising sophomore Kelsey Dinges in the second stanza to make it 1-1. Just before the midway point of the middle period, however, WSU regained the lead. Norenberg was replaced by rising junior netminder Madison Ryan halfway through the second period, as Ryan played the final 45 minutes of the day.

The Raiders controlled the final frame, tallying three goals on Ryan. Roughly 10 minutes into the third period, WSU was able to steal the ball off of Ryan's foot for the put-in before slotting two more past Ryan over the final 13 minutes to take the match, 5-1. The `Hawks were forced to switch to a three-back defense rather than using four defenders after an injury early in the third period.

"I thought Wright State gave us a real lesson in defending today - individually and in small groups. I thought Wright State brought more energy into the game. That's what I told our team afterwards, I was disappointed with the level of commitment we showed today," Kramig said. "Organization and technical things we can work on but none of that means a thing if you're not going to bring a competitive attitude and make it happen."

Miami started to generate more chances later in the game, coming close on a few headers and some hard drives, but was unable to dent Wright State's lead.

"We're very thin right now. We've had some girls that haven't practiced this week and are a bit under the weather. It's the end of the spring and we're running a little short on numbers and it showed up today," Kramig said. "We didn't have a lot of depth to begin with. I know we're a better team than we showed today, so I'm not concerned about that. I am concerned that our team is capable of playing better than it is and we're not performing."

The RedHawks look to bounce back when they complete their spring season Saturday, April 21 by hosting California (Pa.) at 3 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field.

"We're playing a lot of players who didn't see a lot of time in the fall and they need to make sure to take advantage of the opportunity," Kramig noted.