OXFORD, Ohio - In Miami’s second exhibition game of the spring season, Big Ten foe Indiana came away with a 2-1 win Saturday at Miami Soccer Field as the Hoosiers broke a 1-1 tie with a late goal.
Despite the final score, Miami competed with Indiana the entire game. The team’s aggressive play addressed head coach Bobby Kramig’s concern about attitude when playing big name teams, something that troubled Miami in last fall’s second-round NCAA Tournament game against Duke.
“The thing that I was most pleased about with Indiana, and the goal of the game against Indiana, was for us to go at them, to really assert ourselves, and I thought we did that,” Kramig said.
Indiana took the 1-0 lead on a failed clear of a corner kick for the first score of the game in the 33rd minute. A scramble by Miami to clear the corner was sent to the foot of an Indiana attacker at the top corner of the 18. She rocketed a shot to the far post past the reach of redshirt sophomore keeper Allison Norenberg.
The RedHawks ended the half down, 1-0, but returned to the field with a strong attacking presence. In the 56th minute, Miami tallied the equalizer on what Kramig called a classic Miami goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Danielle Wiseman, who came on at halftime for Norenberg, made a heads-up play after scooping up an Indiana shot. She quickly distributed the ball out wide to junior back Sam Parrish, who sent a long through ball to the feet of sophomore forward Hailey Pleshakov.
“It’s not a pass I would normally make, but I saw the space and just went for it,” Parrish said. “Bobby is trying to get us to play more to the forwards’ feet under pressure, and it worked well for us that time.”
After Pleshakov controlled the ball, she found junior midfielder Katy Dolesh running between two Hoosier defenders, playing the ball behind the defense. Dolesh’s well-timed run met the ball in stride, allowing her to make the easy finish past Indiana’s keeper.
“Those are the kind of goals we are looking to score,” Kramig said, commending the hard work and soccer knowledge behind the play.
In the 70th minute, the visitors went up 2-1, earning a penalty kick and finishing it past Wiseman after an Indiana attacker was tripped up in the box.
Miami came close to pulling level again with five minutes remaining when freshman Sydney Neal, playing in just her second game for the RedHawks after an injury forced her to miss the fall season, blasted a shot off the crossbar. Miami was unable to threaten again, however, and fell to 0-2 in spring action.
“Overall, I thought we played better against Indiana than we did against Butler,” Kramig said. “And that’s what spring’s all about, that’s what you’re trying to see -- progress.”
The RedHawks return to action in another exhibition game this Saturday against Northern Kentucky. Kick off for the game at Miami Soccer Field is set for 3 p.m.