Oct. 23, 2005
OXFORD, Ohio - By posting its sixth shutout of the season and extending its season-best winning streak to three matches, the Miami University women's soccer team (8-7-0, 6-4-0 MAC) guaranteed itself a spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament with its 1-0 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies (5-10-2, 3-7-0 MAC) on Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field.
Miami clinched its sixth postseason berth in the past seven seasons behind a stifling defensive effort that held an opponent scoreless for the second-consecutive match. After shutting down the conference-leading Western Michigan Broncos on Friday, the RedHawks' defensive corps, led by senior Lindsay Dunmead (Plymouth, Mich./Northville) and junior Megan Ortner (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula), limited the Huskies to eight shots, only three of which were on goal. The goalkeeping tandem of senior Leigh Terry (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) and sophomore Shannon Chew (Mason, Ohio/Mason) combined for three saves in the shutout.
The RedHawks notched their only goal of the match at the 16:32 mark when freshman Allison Berkey (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) assisted on sophomore Lindy Slinger's (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) third-game winning goal of the season. From just outside the box on the far sideline, Berkey sent a cross in front of the net to Slinger, who boxed out her defender and fired a shot past Northern Illinois' diving keeper. The assist gave Berkey her first career collegiate point while the goal was Slinger's fourth of the season.
Miami had opportunities to stretch its lead to two goals in the second half as they posted five shots on goal in the final 45 minutes, but Huskie keeper Carrie Dvorak stopped all five shots, including a diving save of a Slinger shot at 66:11. From the near sideline, Slinger juked a defender and blasted a left-footed shot from 20 yards out that appeared to be curling just inside the far post, but Dvorak dove and punched the shot away to keep Northern within striking distance.
With its shutout of the Huskies, Miami held consecutive opponents scoreless for the second time this season. The RedHawks had previously held Michigan (Sept. 11) and Northeastern (Sept. 15) without a goal in back-to-back games.
Although it is already guaranteed a spot in the MAC Tournament, Miami can improve its seeding when it faces Ball State in its final home game of the season on Friday, Oct. 28. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. on Senior Day when Miami will honor its two seniors, Lindsay Dunmead and Leigh Terry.
GAME NOTES: Miami moved its season-best winning streak to three matches with its 1-0 win over Northern Illinois, the first time it has won three-consecutive games since September of 2004 when it defeated Western Michigan (Sept. 19), Kent State (Sept. 24) and Buffalo (Sept. 26) ... With her assist on Slinger's game-winning goal, Berkey became the fourth RedHawk this season to tally her first collegiate point ... Of Slinger's four goals this season, three have been game winners. She also has tallied game-winning goals against Michigan (Sept. 11) and Eastern Michigan (Oct. 7) ... Miami has held six opponents scoreless this season, its highest season total since 2002 when they held 10 opponents without a goal.