By Harrison Schwarz, staff writer
The Miami University women’s soccer team split the weekend after losing 1-0 to Central Michigan University Friday and beating University of Toledo 3-1 Sunday. MU is now 7-4 overall and 3-1 in conference games. After the weekend, Central Michigan’s record is 3-7-1 and Toledo’s record is 4-9.
Head coach Bobby Kramig didn’t take the loss on Friday too hard, as the conditions on the field made the game difficult to play.
“It was not a matter of the team not playing hard for a full 90 minutes,” Kramig said. “Friday was a very difficult game. Conditions were really tough. Huge amounts of wind. Just not very pleasant outside. We gave up a penalty two minutes before the end of the first half. Kudos to Central. I felt like our team put in a good effort.”
In the opening half of game against Central Michigan, the RedHawks were unable to score, despite outshooting the Chippewas 5-4 and totaling five corner kicks to the Chippewas’ zero.
In the 42nd minute, Central Michigan was awarded a penalty kick in the box, and junior defensemen Taylor Potts took advantage, scoring the only goal in the game.
Against Toledo, MU came out strong with three goals in the first 18 minutes of play. Senior midfielder Haley Walter had a breakout performance with a goal and an assist in the game.
“I was just determined early in the game,” Walter said. “I was determined to work hard and get around them. Toledo pressured us so I went after them with speed. I don’t think Toledo quite knew how to adjust to our hard attack, and we got around them.”
Toledo didn’t roll over after Miami’s quick scores. The Rockets finished the first half outshooting the ’Hawks 9-4, despite not having a goal.
The only goal after the first 18 minutes came in the 75th minute when Toledo sophomore forward Sophie Pohl scored from the right side of the six-yard box. The Rockets could not score again, despite taking eight shots to MU’s zero.
“This was one of the stranger games I have been part of in the Mid-American Conference,” Kramig said. “I’m pleased with how well we finished early in the game. We took advantage of every opportunity we had in the first half. Sometimes you have to take the game on the terms you are handed, and we did what we needed to secure the results.”
After four straight away games, MU returns home for alumni weekend against Ohio University Friday and Kent State University Sunday.