April 10, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After a disappointing outing a week ago, the Miami University women's soccer team responded with a strong showing against a tough Kentucky team Tuesday night at the UK Soccer Complex, but still fell, 2-1, in spring exhibition action. The RedHawks are now 0-3 in spring action, all against teams from the state of Kentucky, falling at Louisville, 3-1, and Northern Kentucky, 3-0, last Wednesday.

"We played considerably better than we did last week (vs. Northern Kentucky) so I was pleased with that," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "Kentucky's a pretty good team, probably in the top 20. We were a bit in over our head but I was pleased with the composure and competitiveness that we showed and our willingness to go out and play our game. I think the goal today was to get back to being ourselves, which we got away from last week and it cost us."

Miami continued its spring goalkeeper rotation as rising junior Madison Ryan started the game and played the first half before rising sophomore Allison Norenberg took over in the second half. The Wildcats scored both their goals on Ryan, with the first coming just five minutes into the contest. Kentucky then doubled its lead with 10 minutes remaining in the opening half to take a 2-0 advantage into halftime.

"When we came up at halftime, there was one thing that was causing us problems defensively and in the midfield and we got that fixed and it changed the game completely," Kramig said. "We had more of the play in the second half and scored a good goal, so I was happy with how the team responded at halftime and really pleased with the way we rallied and played in the second half."

Just 15 minutes into the second stanza, the RedHawks got on the board as rising junior Katy Dolesh scored to make it a 2-1 game. Dolesh made a strong run through the midfield and received a pass from classmate Sydney Busch that she finished with a hard shot to cut the deficit in half.

"That was one of the things we didn't do last week was our commitment to getting in behind defenses," Kramig noted. "Last week, we were quite content to play in front of them and tonight we did a much better job of getting behind them."

Norenberg kept Kentucky off the scoreboard in the second half but Miami was unable to find the equalizer and fell, 2-1.

"It was a good effort on our kids' part. Certainly, I think we can take some confidence from this and carry it over into the Wright State game Saturday," Kramig said.

The RedHawks play their first home game of the spring season Saturday when they host Wright State at 1 p.m. at the Miami Soccer Field.