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Western Michigan hands RedHawks 12th loss of the season

Despite a strong second half display, Miami soccer was unable to avoid defeat at home against Western Michigan on Sunday. The RedHawks fell to 0-12-1 (0-5-0 Mid-American Conference) on the season. The Broncos from Kalamazoo were dominant early, possessing the ball for long periods of time and making the Red and White work hard to win it back. Senior RedHawk defender Jenny Barr countered Western Michigan’s elusive style of play with several physical tackles.   The Broncos patiently moved the ball around the field until they finally unlocked Miami’s defense with a goal in the 18th minute. The effort...

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RedHawks double-down with conference wins

The Miami RedHawks continued their undefeated conference play this weekend with a 2-1 victory over Longwood University on Sunday and a decisive 1-0 win over the reigning Mid-American Conference champions Kent State University on Friday. The RedHawks improve to 6-6 on the year (4-0 MAC) while Longwood fell to 10-3 and Kent State dropped to 4-8. While Kent State out shot MU 16-6 and led in penalty corners 12-6, the RedHawks were able to hang on with an early goal and aggressive defensive play. Junior midfielder/forward Paula Portugal notched her ninth goal of the season in the fifth minute...

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RedHawks lose one, draw one on weekend home stand

Miami soccer showed signs of life this past weekend, finally returning home from a long stretch of away games. The familiar field clearly gave the team some boosted energy, as they competed well in both conference games. Entering Friday’s game against defending Mid-American Conference Tournament champions Kent State, the RedHawks’ record was 0-9-0 (0-2-0 in MAC play), though they were motivated to pull off an upset in front of a home crowd. Miami saw an open door when Kent State senior forward Hayden Pascoe was shown a red card after clashing with RedHawk senior midfielder Amy Malone on the...

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RedHawks take care of business at home

Miami’s cross country runners ran further than their travel bus for Saturday’s meet. The bus was not needed because the Red and White competed on their own home course for the RedHawk Rumble. The RedHawks competed at home for the first time since 2014, dominating in both the women’s six-kilometer race and men’s eight-kilometer race. Both teams had eight runners in the top ten and scored 20 points — the men winning by 33 and the women by 37. Sophomore Sean Torpy continued his hot streak, coming away with his first collegiate victory. Last week’s Mid-American Conference Runner of...

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Made-up Mailbag: Week 3

Welcome to the third installment of the Made-Up Mailbag. This week we received an avalanche of mail about the NFL’s wacky week three, so I decided to give the people want they want and dedicate the column to those questions. Without further ado, this week’s Made-Up Mailbag: Q. What in the world happened this weekend in the NFL? My game picks were way off. I feel like everything I learned in the first two weeks was a lie. Who can I trust anymore? A. The NFL indeed had a crazy week. Nearly every game was an upset, a near upset, or a last-minute finish. Washington, the New York Jets, Buffalo, Jacksonville, New Orleans, and Chicago all knocked off favored opponents. And they didn’t just knock them off, they annihilated them. These six supposed underdogs won by an average of 17.5 points. Nobody could’ve seen that coming. Weeks like this one are a useful reminder of the massive week-to-week variance in the NFL. A small sample size is lethal too. Between the pre-season and the first two weeks we have learned a lot, but it’s poor practice to put too much stock into anything we see until after at least a couple weeks of byes. Although, oftentimes we try and look at the game too objectively, myself included. Over the long run, with good process, this may lead to a...

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