Miami Battles Rival Cincinnati Friday

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Sept. 3, 2008

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OXFORD, Ohio - OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami RedHawks women's soccer team will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats Friday Sept. 5 on the Miami Soccer Field at 5 p.m.


Cincinnati comes to Oxford fresh off a 1-0 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday night. The loss pushed the Bearcats record to 2-2 for the season, Cincinnati opened the season with a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green and then followed it up with 3-2 loss to Wright State. The Bearcats beat Michigan 2-1 last Friday just before the Wolverines came to Oxford and beat the RedHawks 1-0 last Saturday, Aug. 31.

The main offensive weapon for the Bearcats this season has been senior forward Jenn Johannigman, who leads the team with five points including two goals and one assist. Junior forward Erin MacDonald has led Cincinnati in helpers with two and has one goal for a total of four points on the campaign. Senior forward Kristin May for the Bearcats has yet to notch a point on the year but has been the most aggressive shot taker for the Bearcats, with 17 shots in 2008. May also leads the team in shots on net with seven. Junior goalkeeper Andrewa Kaminski will most likely be in the net for Cincinnati, she has started all four games for the Bearcats and boasts a nine saves and 1.43 goals against average.

Cincinnati has been known to start fast this season as all of their seven goals have come in the first half this season. However the game on Friday will be uncharted territory for the Bearcats this season as it will be their first game away from the queen city. Cincinnati lead s the all-time series between the schools with a 3-2-2 record against the RedHawks.


10-14-1997 at Cincinnati L 5-1

9-21-99 Cincinnati W 2-1

9-17-2001 at Cincinnati W 1-0

9-7-03 Cincinnati T 2-2 (2OT)

10-15-04 at Cincinnati L 2-1

9-1-06 Cincinnati L 2-1

9-2-07 at Cincinnati T 1-1 (2OT)


Kelsey Rogind of Michigan scored the only goal of the game early in second half (47:02) on a sliding challenge that beat Krista Pace (Jr. Toronto, Ontario). Miami (1-1-0) put on a late charge and Danielle Hayes (Sr. Apex, N.C.) had a free kick in the final minute but Michigan keeper Madison Gates made the save and gave Miami their first loss on the season.

Sara Lund (So. Malmo Sweden) pushed the ball forward for the RedHawks on many occasions but each attempt came up short for Miami.

The first half was physical with the Wolverines and RedHawks combining for 11 fouls. Each goalkeeper record one save with Madison Gates making a diving save on a shot by Lund. Pace collected her only of the first on a shot by Michigan's Rachelle Boff, from just outside the 18 yard box.


Miami opens the season on a five game home stand and they are currently 1-1-0 during the five game stands at home. The five game games at home are the most in a row for the RedHawks since they had a five game run at the end of the season in 2000. Miami went 3-2 during that run and rode that momentum all the way to the NCAA tournament.


When the RedHawks and the Bearcats meet on Friday it will not only be a clash of two good team but also of culture.

Cincinnati has only two international players, Meliss Bigg and Erin MacDonald, both from Onterio Canada. The Red and White are a differnt story, they have nine international players. Sara Lund, Eva Candia, Sarah Dessfelt, Nathalie Hillgren and Alexandra Karlsson are all from Sweden. Five are from Malmo, a port city on the southern tip of the country. Dessfelt is from Vellinge. Miami also has four players from Canada, Courtney Clarke, Haley Clark, Krysti Clarke and career saves leader at Miami Krista Pace.


The RedHawks moved 1-0-1 on the 2007 campaign getting their lone goal from Julie Thompson who had just registered a hat trick a week ago, a 5-1 win over Morehead State. Defender Courtney Elsen and forward Jackie Hardek assisted Thompson's goal, which came at the 54-minute mark.

MU goalkeeper Krista Pace allowed one goal, while stopping six shots in 110 minutes. Forward Allison Berkey put two shots on goal in 78 minutes of play. The hosts outshot the RedHawks 14-10 and had five corner kicks compared to three for Miami. The RedHawks were also whistled for six offside penalties. The Bearcats got on the board first with a goal from Melissa Bing in the 30th minute.


Sara Lund (Sr., Malmo, Sweden) earned Mid-American Conference player of the week award honors following her performance in the RedHawks season opener Aug. 22.

Lund started the season off with a bang against Morehead State with the first hat trick of her career. After the RedHawks went down 1-0 to Morehead State Lund put up three unanswered goals to give the Red and White a 3-1 victory.

Lund scored all three goals in a hard earned fashion. Lund scored her first goal by beating a defender and then firing a shot hitting goalie Sam Yocke and getting into the net. The second goal by Lund had to be the most unlikely as she hit the near post and the ball ran along the goal line striking the far post and then entering the goal before Yocke could fall on it. The third goal of the day by the 5 foot, 7 inch sophomore was a brilliant sliding shot.


Miami was picked to finish fourth in the MAC regular season in a poll conducted by the MAC coaches. Toledo was picked to finish fourth and received the most votes for tournament champion (7), however the RedHawks finished second with three votes for MAC tournament champion.


Miami 6-10-3 in 2007 to finish eighth in the conference and qualify for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) tournament but Miami lost in the first round of the MAC tournament to top seed Ball State. The RedHawks built on a core of young talent and return Sara Lund (So., Malmo, Sweden), Miami's top goal scorer and MAC Freshman of the year. Miami also returns Julie Thompson (So., Glenview, Ill.) who, along with Lund, was named to the conference All-Freshmen team. Krista Pace (Jr., Toronto, Ontario) set the Miami single season record for saves in 2007 as she recorded 120 stops for the season. Pace used her 120 save season to move a top the career saves list at Miami as she begins the 2008 campaign with 200 career saves. Pace is also only four shutouts away from becoming the school record holder.


The next game for the RedHawks will be Friday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m., when DePaul comes to Oxford and then at Sunday, Sept. 14 Louisville comes to challenge the RedHawks at 1 p.m.