RedHawks record third straight shutout of spring season
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the third straight game during the spring season, the Miami University women’s soccer team kept its opponent from finding the back of the net, as the RedHawks downed Youngstown State, 4-0, Saturday afternoon. Miami has now won all three of its spring exhibition matches so far in 2010, outscoring its competition by a combined 7-0.
Rising senior goalkeeper Rachelle Boff registered her second complete shutout of the spring while splitting a shutout two weeks ago against Xavier.
“It was a challenging game,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “The whole trip was difficult because (center back) Brooke Livingston was unable to travel because she was sick and we had some transportation problems. We also played on a difficult field, but did well in overcoming everything.”
The match was played in three periods, with the first period being played scoreless, as the RedHawks started slow but showed improvement as the game progressed. Miami finally dented the scoreboard midway through the second period as rising sophomore Jess Kodiak got on the end of a free kick from rising junior Sarah Dessfelt for a 1-0 lead.
Rising senior Sara Lund tallied the next two goals for Miami with her first coming on a well-struck blast from the top of the box that beat YSU’s keeper. Lund then made it 3-0 when she settled a cross in the box from rising senior Jessica Byron, turned and buried the ball into the onion bag. Rising senior Rachel Byron capped the scoring when the Penguins failed to clear multiple corner kicks and she found the ball at the far post after a scramble for the put-away.
“Kat Hanni did very well filling in on defense for Brooke,” Kramig said. “I’m very pleased that we’ve defended well this spring while also scoring some goals.”
The RedHawks return to the pitch Saturday, April 17 when they host Butler at 1 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field in another spring exhibition match. Miami then wraps up its spring season Saturday, April 24 by hosting Kentucky at 1 p.m.