EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For large stretches on Friday night, the Miami soccer team held the upper hand, but a late Evansville goal sent the RedHawks to a 1-0 setback against the Purple Aces.
UE (3-4) struck in the 72nd minute of play to turn the tide and eventually blank MU (0-6).
“We’re getting people to step up and play defense and Pat had another good game,” interim head coach Hugh Seyfarth said. “Evansville is a tough team to break down due to their formation, but we created more than enough chances to get on the board. However, we need people to step up and find ways to score. The effort has been there, but we have to get the execution in games.”
Both teams spent the early stages of the contest feeling each other out in the early stages with no shots being attempted until the 18th minute of play. That try came from Katie Alexander and sailed high of the target.
Miami placed two of its three first half shots on goal, but Michaela Till made a pair of saves to keep the Red and White at bay. After trailing 3-1 in shots 30 minutes in, Evansville attempted the final four shots of the half, though only one was on target and that was negated by Patricia Koutoulas as the teams remained deadlocked 0-0 at halftime.
A corner kick gave the RedHawks a chance early in the second half as Amy Malone’s service found Bianca Medancic for a shot that went wide of the frame in the 50th minute of play. Malone served another corner cleanly to Alexander’s head, but the attempt went high in the 54th minute. Later, another Malone corner kick serve worked its way to Jenny Barr for a try that Till saved in the 59th minute.
Play was favoring the Red and White for large portions of the second half with shots at one point sitting 6-3 in Miami’s favor in the late stages of the contest. MU had nothing to show for it up to that point and in the 72nd minute, it was UE that found the back of the net as Sara Osinski scored from just inside the box at the top right corner to make it 1-0 with 18:51 remaining in regulation.
Osinski nearly put the Purple Aces up a pair five minutes later, but the bid for her second goal clanged off the crossbar and kept the RedHawks in it. A late corner kick gave MU some life, but the ensuing shot got blocked. In the waning seconds, Bianca Medancic got off one more attempt, but her shot sailed high with 29 seconds remaining to allow Evansville to hold on for the victory.
Shot attempts slightly favored Miami (12-11) on the night, though the Red and White got six corner kicks while allowing the Purple Aces to try just one. Despite the 23 combined shot attempts, neither keeper was particularly busy making saves as Koutoulas made one stop while Till finished with three saves.
Miami wraps up non-conference play on Sept. 17 when it travels to Illinois State. Opening kick is at 2 p.m. ET.