RedHawks Finish Non-Conference Play With Redbirds

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Sept. 14, 2017



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OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami soccer team holds its final non-conference tune up before the start of Mid-American Conference play when it travels to Missouri Valley Conference power Illinois State on Sunday.

The RedHawks (0-6) square off against the Redbirds (2-4-1) at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.

Miami dropped a 1-0 decision on the road against Evansville last Friday night in a match that saw MU outshoot UE by a 12-11 margin along with a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Despite the improved possession numbers, the Red and White are still looking to get on track offensively as Olivia Winnett has scored the team's lone goal this season.

Illinois State fell 3-0 to IUPUI in its lone match of the weekend last Sunday. The Redbirds have slightly outshot their opponents (103-99) despite being outscored 9-4 on the season. Sarah Lafayette has scored half of ISU's goals, both of which were game-winning tallies. In goal, Haley Smith has played the majority of the time and holds a 1.36 goals against average with a save percentage of .804.

Sunday's tilt will be streamed live on ESPN3.com with live stats being provided by Stat Broadcast. A full recap will be provided following the match on MiamiRedHawks.com.

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Miami vs. Opponent: The RedHawks are 1-1 all-time against the Redbirds as the schools met in consecutive seasons back in 2013 and 2014 with the home team winning each tilt. The Red and White prevailed in the 2014 matchup by a 3-2 score.

Slow Starts: One thing plaguing Miami in its 0-6 start is the fact that it has allowed the first goal every time out, with a lot of the damage coming early. Seven of the 11 goals MU has allowed have come in the first half and the team has allowed a first-half goal in four of its six contests.

Young `Hawks: Of the 29 players on Miami's roster, 15 are new to the Red & White as the team boasts 13 true freshmen (t-second most in the country), one redshirt freshman and a sophomore transfer.