Oct. 16, 2005
ATHENS, Ohio - After spotting Ohio University (3-11-0, 1-7-0 MAC) a 1-0 lead less than 16 minutes into the match on Senior Day at Chessa Field, the Miami University women's soccer team (6-7-0, 4-4-0 MAC) rebounded to score a pair of goals, including the game winner by junior Katie Boyd (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) at the 48:36 mark, as they downed the Bobcats, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon.
Miami trailed 1-0 after allowing a goal to Ohio's Lindsey Price off a free kick at 15:21, but the RedHawks responded less than ten minutes later when sophomore Jennifer Rush (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) evened the score in the 25th minute. Rush's game-tying goal at the 24:26 mark was her first goal of the season and first of her career. Freshman Danielle Hays (Apex, N.C./Apex) was credited with the assist on the goal, her second assist of the year.
After heading into halftime knotted at 1-1, Boyd tallied the game-winning goal less than four minutes into the second half of an assist from the team's leading goal scorer, junior Kathleen Vistica (Monrovia, Md./Urbana). The goal, which helped Miami end its two-game losing streak, was Boyd's second goal of the season and first game winner of her career.
Miami's defense tightened after allowing the early goal as it held an opponent to one goal or less for the ninth time in the past 11 games. Senior Leigh Terry (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) and junior Shannon Chew (Mason, Ohio/Mason) combined to make four saves, and Chew earned her second win of the season as she posted a scoreless second half in goal.
Needing a win to stay in contention for a spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, the RedHawks played one the most physical games of the season as the two teams combined for 27 fouls and four yellow cards.
The RedHawks start a three-match home stand next weekend when they host Western Michigan (Oct. 21) and Northern Illinois (Oct. 23) at Miami Soccer Field.
GAME NOTES: Miami won its first Sunday MAC contest of the season with its win over Ohio after dropping its first Friday conference game to Akron on Oct. 14 ... The RedHawks have now split each of their four weekend conference series ... Miami closes out its 2005 season with three consecutive home games over the next two weeks after playing 10 of its first 13 games on the road ... With her assist on Boyd's game winning goal, Vistica tallied her team-leading 13th point of the season.