Soccer Closes Home Stand Against Illinois

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Aug. 31, 2017

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OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University soccer continues its tough non-conference schedule when it faces yet another Power Five school this weekend.

The RedHawks wrap up their three-match home stand when they host Big Ten foe Illinois on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff at Miami Soccer Field is at 1 p.m.

Miami (0-4) dropped the first two matches of its home stand last weekend, falling to the University of Miami (2-0) and Wright State (2-1). Olivia Winnett's tally in the 90th minute on Sunday was the RedHawks' first strike of the young season. Miami's possession game improved drastically from week one as after getting outshot 40-9 in its first two games, shots were practically even (outshot 27-26) in last weekend's tilts.

Illinois (1-3) was blanked by in-state rival Illinois State (2-0) on Sunday. Arianna Veland has scored two of the team's four goals while Alicia Barker has assisted on half of the Fighting Illini's tallies. Goalkeeper Jaelyn Cunningham has clocked all 360 minutes in goal and has a 2.00 goals against average with a .742 save percentage.

Live statistics for Sunday's tilt will be available on Gametracker with a full recap provided on MiamiRedHawks.com following the match.

Free Kicks

Miami vs. Opponents: The RedHawks have split their two all-time meetings with the Fighting Illini. Miami went to Champaign last season and pulled off a 1-0 double overtime victory. Sunday will be Illinois' first trip to Oxford.

Slow Starts: One thing plaguing Miami in its 0-4 start is the fact that it has allowed the first goal every time out, with a lot of the damage coming early. Six of the nine goals MU has allowed have come in the first half and the team has allowed a first-half goal in three of its four contests.

Young `Hawks: Of the 29 players on Miami's roster, 15 have yet to play a fall match for the team as it boasts 13 true freshmen (t-second most in the country), one redshirt freshman and a sophomore transfer.

Hugh Knows Miami: Even though nobody besides Bobby Kramig had coached Miami soccer since its inception in 1997, interim head coach Hugh Seyfarth is no stranger to the program, serving as an assistant coach over some of the team's most successful seasons as he enters his 12th season at Miami. Collectively, the RedHawks are 128-77-21 with Seyfarth on staff, winning three MAC Tournaments, one MAC regular season title and making three NCAA Tournament appearances with two victories.