Alumnus Katy Dolesh Tries Out For Olympic Team Handball Team

OXFORD, Ohio–  Former RedHawk soccer player Katy Dolesh has not stopped her athletic career. Dolesh, a recent 2014 Miami University graduate, has had the opportunity to try out for an Olympic sport. Dolesh was in contact with the United States Olympic Team Handball’s coaches through email about coming down for a try out at Auburn University. The coach’s told Dolesh she did not need to have any experience before coming to the try out.

“I couldn’t seem to find a handball,” Dolesh said about trying to prepare for the try out. She explained the handball looks like a mini soccer ball and she couldn’t find one in stores to prepare. In fact, the first time Dolesh even saw a handball was the first day of try outs.

Team handball is a combination of soccer, basketball and water polo according to Dolesh.  Dolesh played the left wing position which can be described as a quicker, shorter player who tries to score. With her athletic ability, she felt she kept up at the try outs.

“There were definitely rules I had to learn,” Dolesh said. Unlike soccer, in team handball the scoring goes at a faster rate. However, Dolesh said it was a very physical game and a lot of elements resembled soccer.

After the try outs in Alabama, Dolesh received an offer to join the Women’s Handball National Team residency program at Auburn University. This would involve training with the women on the team and working towards qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. The team will train and play friendly game’s up until the Olympics.

Dolesh is not certain she will accept the invitation to the residency camp. We wish her the best of luck in what she decides!

Miami Wraps Up Non-Conference Play at Marshall

RedHawks play former MAC rival on Sunday at noon

Sophomore midfielder Haley Walter enters Sunday’s match on a four-game goal streak.

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami Women’s Soccer looks to end a three-game skid as the team travels to Marshall for its last non-conference game of the season on Sunday at noon. The match pits the high-powered offense of the RedHawks, who have scored multiple goals in all but one game and three or more goals in more than half of the team’s games, against the stingy defense of the Thundering Herd, who give up less than a goal per game.

Miami (3-4-0) is coming off a tough weekend where it fell by just one goal in games against Milwaukee and Purdue last Friday and Sunday, respectively. In the game against the Panthers, Miami held a late lead thanks to goals by sophomore midfielder Haley Walter, senior midfielder Katy Dolesh and junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges, who also recorded an assist on Dolesh’s goal, but surrendered two goals in the final 10 minutes to fall 4-3. On Sunday, the Red and White again held a 3-2 advantage after a pair of tallies by Dolesh and another from Walter, but ultimately fell after the Boilermakers scored in the 82nd minute, just over a minute after Dolesh’s second goal, and again in the second minute of double overtime for the same 4-3 final score.

The game against Purdue marked the second time in three games that the RedHawks dropped an overtime decision following a 3-2 loss in extra time on Sept. 8 against Louisville after starting the season with a 3-1 record.

Miami leads all Mid-American Conference teams with a 2.71 goals per game average, almost a full goal more than second-place Ohio (1.86). Dolesh, the reigning MAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after her three-goal performance last weekend, and fellow senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski lead the RedHawks with 11 points apiece. Miami has also gotten strong play of late from Walter, who carries a four-game goal streak into the weekend. Senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg has started six games for the ‘Hawks, recording two shutouts with a 2.27 goals against average, while freshman keeper Vic Maniaci registered a shutout in her lone start of the season.

The Thundering Herd bring a 4-2-1 record into the match Sunday after defeating Liberty, 1-0, in overtime on the road last Sunday. Marshall averages 1.57 goals per game while allowing a Conference USA-best 0.68 goals per game. Kristine Culicerto, who scored the team’s lone goal last weekend, Erin Simmons and Myka DeMarco lead the Thundering Herd offensively with six points each, while goalkeeper Lizzie Kish has backstopped the team in all seven of its games with four shutouts, a 0.68 goals-against average and .848 save percentage.

The RedHawks are 5-2-0 all-time against their former MAC rival in Marshall, having won each of the last five contests after dropping the first two meetings. The teams last met in 2004 (a 3-2 double-overtime Miami win) and have not faced each other as non-conference opponents. Miami is 2-2-0 all-time in Huntington, W.Va.

Live stats for Sunday’s match will be available on while a live video stream is available for purchase here. Next up for Miami are the first MAC games of the season as the RedHawks travel to Akron and Buffalo on Sept. 27 and 29, respectively.

Dolesh Earns MAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Senior captain collects honor for first time this year, third time in career

Senior midfielder Katy Dolesh scored three goals this past weekend to earn MAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

CLEVELAND – For the first time this year, Miami University senior midfielder Katy Dolesh was named Mid-American Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. She shared the honor with Akron junior forward Lani Smith.

Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio) led Miami offensively over the weekend against a pair of tough opponents, scoring three of the RedHawks’ six goals on the weekend. Of the five shots she took in the two matches, the team captain put three on target, all three of which found the back of the net for an astounding .600 shooting percentage. On Friday against Milwaukee, Dolesh played all but six minutes and scored Miami’s second goal to put the ‘Hawks up, 2-1 midway through the second half as she scored on a half-volley.

On Sunday in a double-overtime thriller against Big Ten foe Purdue, Dolesh scored two goals for just her third-career multi-goal game while she now has a team-best five on the year. She fired a team-high four shots during the match, scoring just 2:01 into the contest to give Miami an early lead. Dolesh then struck again in the 81st minute to put ‘Hawks on top, 3-2, as she timed her run perfectly and one-timed a shot with the outside of her foot into the goal around the keeper. She played all 102 minutes against the Boilermakers as Miami nearly pulled out the victory.

Dolesh has now garnered MAC Offensive Player of the Week three times in her career, with the first two times coming as a sophomore in 2011. She is also a three-time All-MAC selection during her career and became the first RedHawk to collect a weekly accolade this season.

Dolesh and the RedHawks are back in action this Sunday when Miami concludes non-conference play at former MAC rival Marshall. Kickoff is set for noon in Huntington, W.Va.

Purdue Nips Miami in Double Overtime, 4-3

Dolesh scores two goals, Zakrzewski adds two assists on Senior Day

Miami seniors Kayla Zakrzewski (4) and Katy Dolesh (27) were among nine seniors honored prior to Sunday’s match for Senior Day while the duo linked up to score two goals.

OXFORD, Ohio – For the third straight match, the Miami University women’s soccer team was involved in a tight, high-scoring contest, and for the third straight time, the RedHawks came up just short, falling in double overtime to Purdue, 4-3, Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Miami Soccer Field. Miami (3-4-0) is now 0-2 in overtime this year, both coming in the last three games, while the Boilermakers (5-2-1) improved to 1-0-1 in extra sessions this year.

The RedHawks led three different times during Sunday’s match, including in the 81st minute when senior midfielder Katy Dolesh put Miami up, 3-2, but Purdue answered right back and then won the match 1:33 into the second overtime. The ‘Hawks also fell in overtime to Louisville last Sunday, 3-2, after leading 2-0 early in the second half and dropped another tough, 4-3 decision to Milwaukee on Friday after Miami took the lead in the 75th minute.

“We want to put together a good 90 minutes and that means starting well and finishing well,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “We’re playing some very good soccer right now. We’re scoring a lot of goals; we’re doing some really good things. We have to be better defensively though. We are hemorrhaging goals right now and that cannot continue.”

Offensively, Miami’s seniors did all they could to get a win on Senior Day as Dolesh scored two goals, both coming off assists from fellow senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski. It was just Dolesh’s third multi-goal game of her career, and first since 2011, while she now has three goals in her last two games and a team-best five on the year. Senior midfielder Jordan Pawlik led the way for Purdue, totaling five points on two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist, which helped tie the match late.

The RedHawks wasted no time getting on the board as the senior connection of Zakrzewski and Dolesh struck just 2:01 into the contest. Zakrzewski tried to the pass the ball into the box, but it was deflected and bounced over a Boilermaker defender. Purdue keeper Jordan Ginther tried to grab it but it bounced by her as well, and Dolesh was waiting at the post to slot the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived however, as the Boilermakers pulled even a little over two minutes later. Freshman forward Maddy Williams received the ball out wide and dribbled toward goal, firing a shot past charging senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg. The ball looked headed for goal but Alex Hairston was alone in front of net and cleaned it up to tie the game only 4:17 into the match.

Miami regained the lead in the 37th minute when sophomore midfielder Haley Walter scored for the fourth straight game. Freshman forward Jenna Weiner sent a through ball between two Purdue defenders that the speedy Walter ran onto and booted on target just before Ginther could clear it to put the ‘Hawks back ahead, 2-1. The lead would stand at the break, as Miami outshot the Boilermakers, 5-3, in the opening half, while both teams collected one corner kick.

Again Purdue answered in the second half, pulling level in the 62nd minute when Pawlik put a penalty kick into the right corner of the goal. The Boilermakers were attacking in the left side of the box when Pawlik stumbled and fell, drawing a whistle from the referee for a penalty kick. Both teams then had good chances to pull ahead over the next 15 minutes. First, Dolesh found Zakrzewski open in the box, but her header in the 68th minute sailed just over the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Norenberg made a diving save on Purdue senior Hadley Stuart from close range to tip the ball around the post.

In the 81st minute, Miami did grab the lead as Zakrzewski and Dolesh hooked up again. Zakrzewski had possession of the ball on the left wing and waited for Dolesh to make her run, sending a through ball into the box that Dolesh tracked down and one-timed with the outside of her foot behind a charging Clara Kridler, who replaced Ginther as Purdue’s keeper at halftime. Once more, the one-goal advantage was quickly erased as just 1:21 after Dolesh’s second goal of the game, Pawlik sent a low cross along the goal line that found Stuart open for the tap-in to knot the game at 3-3.

In the final seconds of regulation, Purdue made a push but Norenberg came off her line to beat Taylor Niewoit to the ball, as the match remained square after 90 minutes and headed to overtime. In the first extra session, the RedHawks controlled play and nearly won twice but Zakrzewski hit the crossbar on two different occasions within five minutes. In the closing seconds of the first overtime, during which Miami outshot Purdue, 4-3, Stuart ripped a shot from the left side that beat Norenberg but trickled just right of the goal as the horn sounded, signaling double overtime.

A mere 1:33 into the second overtime, however, Pawlik took a pass from Niewoit on the left side of the penalty box and lofted a shot into the far back corner of the goal over an outstretched Norenberg to give Purdue the 4-3 victory.

“This is three games in a row where we’ve given the lead away late in the game and gone on to lose the game and that is just unacceptable,” Kramig said. “Clearly our focus this week is going to be on our back four and defending, but we’re playing good soccer and making progress. I have full confidence in this team and great belief that they will be very good in the MAC this year. We’re learning some tough lessons, which is okay. Some lessons are hard, but we’ve got tough, resilient kids and they’ll be fine.”

Despite the loss, Miami outshot the Boilermakers for the match, 17-12, including 8-5 in the second half. Both teams put seven shots on goal, but Kridler made four second-half saves in relief to keep Purdue alive, while Norenberg finished with a trio of saves. The ‘Hawks also finished with a 5-3 edge in corner kicks on the day.

“Our defense was considerably better today and really our entire effort was better today than it was the other day (against Milwaukee),” Kramig noted. “I do think that while this is very trying and very difficult, it is helping us get better.”

Prior to the match, the RedHawks honored their nine seniors for Senior Day, as team managers Dani Fraelick and Chelsea Hupp, student assistant coach Madison Ryan, and players Sydney Busch, Ariana Kulinczenko, Sam Parrish, Norenberg, Zakrzewski and Dolesh were recognized.

Miami looks to snap its three-game losing skid next Sunday, Sept. 22 when the RedHawks conclude non-conference play at former Mid-American Conference rival Marshall. Kickoff is set for noon in Huntington, W. Va.

Late Goals Doom RedHawks in Loss to Milwaukee

Dinges tallies goal, assist; Walter, Dolesh also score in 4-3 defeat

Junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges notched a goal and an assist Friday.

OXFORD, Ohio – In a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair, that included three lead changes and three ties, the Miami University women’s soccer team fell to Milwaukee in the closing minutes, 4-3, Friday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. The match saw the RedHawks (3-3-0) and Panthers (1-5-1) combine for six second-half goals, with Milwaukee scoring the final two in the last 10 minutes.

“We’re going to have to go back and watch the videotape on it,” head coach Bobby Kramig said of the final 10 minutes. “I was concerned about our organization back there and I was concerned about our communication back there. But sometimes if I don’t hear it, it doesn’t mean it’s not going on. So we’re just going to have to go back to the video and see if we can get it sorted out. Clearly, we have to be better than this defensively.”

Miami applied good pressure in the opening minutes, earning multiple corner kicks and had several close looks with UWM keeper Paige Lincicum often coming off her line, but the RedHawks couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. The Panthers took the first lead in the 28th minute when Kelly Lewers sent a pass up the middle to Kelsey Holbert, who split a pair of RedHawk defenders and slotted the ball in the back left corner of the net passed senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg.

Just over five minutes later, Miami nearly drew even when freshman midfielder Rachel Marble found a loose ball alone in front of the cage but her shot slid over the crossbar, as the RedHawks went into halftime down a goal. The opening 45 minutes were relatively even, as both sides managed four shots, each putting two on frame, while Miami held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

The fireworks started quickly in the second stanza as sophomore midfielder Haley Walter scored in her third straight game just 1:29 into the half. Junior forward Hailey Pleshakov slipped a pass through two Panther defenders, while senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski ran onto the ball from the left flank and fired a shot to the far post around the charging Lincicum. The ball was nearly across the line when Halter made sure it crossed with a boot to knot the contest at 1-1 on her third tally of the year.

Miami then grabbed its first lead of the afternoon in the 67th minute when senior midfielder Katy Dolesh cleaned up a corner kick in the penalty box. Junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges picked up the assist as her corner slipped through Lincicum’s hands and fell to Dolesh, who volleyed the ball out of the air and into the back of the net for her third goal of the season.

In the 75th minute, Milwaukee pulled even at 2-2 when Krissy Dorre put a shot from inside the penalty box into the back right corner of the frame, after taking Lewers’ through ball up the middle. Sara Stern also earned an assist on the score. Only 21 seconds later, the ‘Hawks regained the lead when Dinges blasted a long shot from the top right corner of the box under Lincicum’s hands and into the far corner for a 3-2 Miami lead. It was her third tally of the year, as well, giving her a three-point night.

The RedHawks would not score again however, while Milwaukee scored twice. In the 81st minute, Dorre fed Morgan LaPlant, who found a seam in the defense and ripped a shot into the top right corner of the goal to level the match at 3-3. The Panthers then scored the game-winner with just 1:14 remaining in the contest as Lewers dribbled through the defense and blasted her shot upper 90, again on the right side, to give UWM the 4-3 victory. Lewers completed the day with a goal and two assists.

Despite the loss, Miami finished with an 11-9 advantage in shots, and also earned six corner kicks to Milwaukee’s three. Lincicum totaled four saves though to help the Panthers get the win. Norenberg had three saves in the loss, while the four goals allowed were the most she had given up in a regular-season game in her three-year career. Miami was the more physical side, committing 13 fouls to just two for UWM, but it did not slow the Panthers down.

“I think we’ll be ready to go (Sunday). I’m not too terribly worried about that,” Kramig said. “I’m concerned about some of the organization problems in the back. I know our kids will come to play.”

The RedHawks look to snap a two-game skid on Sunday when they host Big Ten foe Purdue for Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field while Miami’s six seniors and four senior managers will be honored prior to the game. The match will also be streamed live on via the Miami All-Access Subscription package.