Gametracker: Friday | Sunday
OXFORD, Ohio – With five matches left in the regular season, the Miami soccer team has a couple opportunities to make a move up the conference standings at home this weekend.
The RedHawks wrap up a three-match home stand when they host Central Michigan on Friday (4 p.m.) and Eastern Michigan on Sunday (1 p.m.).
Miami dropped an overtime decision at Northern Illinois, 2-1, last Thursday before dropping a tight 1-0 tilt against Western Michigan at home on Sunday. The RedHawks put together second half chances in both contests, ultimately tying the NIU match late to force overtime. MU has allowed one goal or fewer in six of its past nine contests.
The Chippewas are off to a 1-3-2 start to Mid-American Conference play (6-5-3 overall) and fell 3-1 at Bowling Green last Sunday. Lexi Pelafas paces all MAC players with 12 goals and 25 points with her goal total tied for the fifth most nationally. CMU relies on Zoie Reed in goal and she holds a 1.32 goals against average with a .756 save percentage.
Eastern Michigan enters the weekend at 5-9-1 with a 2-4 mark in MAC play. The Eagles dropped a 4-1 decision to Toledo on Sunday after winning two in a row prior to that. EMU has dropped seven straight matches away from home. Offensively, the Eagles are led by Sabrina McNeill’s six points (2 goals, 2 assists) while both Peyton Davis and Madeline Olson have netted two goals apiece. Kaylin Williams has earned the bulk of the playing time in net and has a 1.76 goals against average with a .717 save percentage.
Live stats will be available for both contests courtesy of Gametracker and a full recap will be provided on MiamiRedHawks.com following the conclusion of both matches.
Miami vs. Opponent: The RedHawks are 10-14-2 all-time against the Chippewas and fell in last season’s meeting, 1-0 in double overtime. MU is 12-10-2 all-time against EMU and posted a 3-2 double overtime win in Ypsilanti last season.
Limiting the Opposition: While offense has been tough to come by this year, the RedHawks have been holding opponents to fewer tallies of late. Miami has allowed one goal or fewer in six of its last nine 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.