Oct. 8, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio - Wrapping up an unbeaten weekend, the Miami University women's soccer team (5-6-2; 2-2-2 MAC) played to a 0-0, double-overtime draw with the Central Michigan Chippewas (10-2-1; 3-2-1 MAC) Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. Despite dominating both extra frames, Miami was unable to find the back of the net but still picked up one point in the conference standings.
After failing to generate many quality scoring chances through the match's first 90 minutes, a rejuvenated Miami team stormed out in the first overtime, taking five shots and keeping the ball in its attacking third for the majority of the period. Both senior Kathleen Vistica (Monrovia, Md.) and freshman Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.) put a pair of shots in goal in the first overtime, but neither player was able to convert. Senior Aimee Prevallet (Fairfax Station, Va.) also had a shot blocked in the first overtime.
Miami again applied sustained offensive pressure in the second overtime, but Vistica's two shots on goal were both stopped by Central Michigan goalkeeper Anne Decker. Over the final 20 minutes, Miami outshot the Chippewas, 7-1, but it could not finish, resulting in its second conference draw of the season.
On perhaps its best scoring chance of the game, Prevallet nearly ended the scoreless deadlock at 86:49 after one-touching a shot toward the far post. With a cross coming from 15 yards out, Prevallet redirected the pass in mid-air from the top corner of the 6-yard box, but Decker made a sprawling save and punched the ball away.
Freshman goalkeeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ontario) notched her second shutout of the weekend for the RedHawks, making five saves in 110 minutes. For Miami, it was the first time it posted back-to-back shutouts since blanking Western Michigan (Oct. 21) and Northern Illinois (Oct. 23) in a pair of 1-0 wins during the 2005 season.
Miami outshot Central Michigan, 18-13, in the match and also held the edge in corner kicks, 11-4. Vistica fired a team-high seven shots, while six other RedHawks also tallied at least one shot attempt.
The draw moved Miami's all-time record versus Central Michigan to 5-6-2. The tie also broke Miami's two-match losing streak in the series.
With the tie, Miami's home record in the 2006 season now stands at 2-4-1.
Coming off its first unbeaten conference weekend of the season, Miami plays its final two home games next weekend when it hosts Akron (Oct. 13) and Ohio (Oct. 15). Senior Day is slated for Sunday's match against the Bobcats.
GAME NOTES: After coming into the weekend as the only team in the conference without a shutout, Miami blanked back-to-back opponents for the first time since Oct. 21 and Oct. 23, 2005 ... After going all of last season without a draw, Miami has played to a draw in two of its last four games ... Miami now has five games remaining on its MAC slate and owns six points in the standings with its two wins and two ties.