Sept. 2, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio - After opening the season with three straight wins, the Miami University women’s soccer team looks to remain perfect in 2010 as the RedHawks head west to battle Butler on Friday, Sep. 3 and BIG EAST foe DePaul on Sunday, Sep. 5. The match against the Bulldogs is set for 5 p.m. while Miami faces the Blue Demons at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. local).
The RedHawks (3-0-0) are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1999 (when they opened with seven straight wins) after picking up a pair of 2-1 wins at Austin Peay’s Lady Govs Invitational last weekend. Miami knocked off Chattanooga last Friday before upending Western Illinois by the same score on Sunday. Sophomore Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) led the way for the ‘Hawks with a goal and two assists on the weekend. Senior Rachelle Boff (Naples, Fla.) and freshman Madison Ryan (Marietta, Ga.) each started a game in goal and picked up a win.
Miami has dominated its opponents so far in 2010, outshooting the opposition 72-9, as the RedHawks have conceded just three shots in each match and a total of six on goal. The two goals allowed on the year rank third in the Mid-American Conference, as does the team’s 0.67 goals-against average. The RedHawks lead the MAC in goals scored with 19 and goals per game with 6.33, as 10 RedHawks have already found the back of the net. A total of 11 players scored for Miami in all of 2009.
In addition to scoring often, the ’Hawks have been scoring early, as Miami has tallied a goal within the first seven minutes in each of its three regular-season matches. Junior Sarah Dessfelt (Vellinge, Sweden) and freshmen Morgan Stallard (Tipp City, Ohio) and Sam Whitmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) lead the team and the MAC with three goals each, all coming in the season opener against Alabama A&M. Kodiak and freshman Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) are tied for the team lead and the MAC lead with both four assists and eight points.
Butler (0-4-0) enters Friday’s match still in search of its first win of 2010 and its first goal of the regular season. The Bulldogs won their exhibition opener against IPFW, 1-0, on Aug. 13 but haven’t found the net since. Butler dropped an exhibition to Western Kentucky, 1-0, two days later and also fell 1-0 to local rivals Dayton (in double overtime) and Xavier to open the regular season, as well as Indiana State. Last Sunday, the Bulldogs were topped by Indiana, 6-0.
The RedHawks are 2-2-1 all-time against Butler, having most recently met in 2007 when the two sides played to a 2-2 double-overtime draw. In 2006, the last time Miami traveled to Indianapolis, the Bulldogs prevailed, 1-0.
DePaul (2-2-0), who will host Missouri on Friday before battling the ‘Hawks, has faced a tough schedule so far in 2010. The Blue Demons went toe-to-toe with a pair of Big Ten foes to start the season, opening with a 2-0 win at Iowa before dropping a 2-1, double-overtime match at Northwestern. The following weekend DePaul downed St. Bonaventure, 1-0, but came up short against Illinois State, also 1-0. Four different Blue Demons have scored for DePaul with Callie Hemming also adding two assists to lead the team with four points. Keeper Claire Hanold has played all four contests in goal and has a 0.72 GAA with an .833 save percentage.
Miami and DePaul will square off for just the second time Sunday at Wish Field, as the Blue Demons won the first ever meeting in 2008 in Oxford, 3-2 in overtime.
Following this weekend, the RedHawks continue their six-game road trip, traveling back to Tennessee for the East Tennessee State Tournament where they’ll play Winthrop and Temple. Live stats will be available for both matches this weekend on MURedHawks.com.