Saturday's MAC Women's Soccer Result
Miami 15, Alabama A&M 0
Game story courtesy of Miami Media Relations Department
Miami 15, Alabama A&M 0
OXFORD, Ohio - Despite having to wait an extra day to begin its 2010 campaign, the Miami University women's soccer team came out in dominating fashion, downing Alabama A&M, 15-0, Saturday evening at Miami Soccer Field in the season opener for both teams. The match was originally scheduled for Friday, but had to be pushed back a day due to transportation issues with the Bulldogs.
The 15 scores shattered the school record for goals in a game, nearly doubling the previous mark of eight, which was achieved multiple times, including the 2009 regular-season finale - an 8-0 win over Ball State. Junior midfielder Sarah Dessfelt (Vellinge, Sweden), who had recorded no points in her career previously, recorded a hat trick and added an assist, while freshmen Morgan Stallard (Tipp City, Ohio) and Sam Whitmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) each tallied hat tricks of their own in their first collegiate competition. Fellow freshman Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) also found the back of the net in her first game donning the red and white while handing out a team-high four assists with all of her points coming in the first half.
"We knew it was a good freshman class - very athletic. They're starting to pick up the system a little bit," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "Our returning kids did a fabulous job of going out early and setting the tone from the opening kickoff and keeping us organized and disciplined and playing the way we need to play."
Miami wasted little time jumping on top, as sophomore Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) found the back of the net just 3:53 into the contest, as she took a feed from Dessfelt, dribbled around a defender and the goalkeeper for an easy put-away. Dessfelt made it 2-0 just less than 10 minutes into the match as Zakrzewski connected with her from the right flank, leaving an easy tap-in for Dessfelt. Zakrzewski then notched her first collegiate goal just over a minute later, as she intercepted a weak clearance by the Bulldog keeper and slid the ball into the open cage.
The 'Hawks added three more goals in a four-minute stretch as junior Krysti Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) recorded the first of her two goals in the game while Dessfelt again scored with Zakrzewski providing the assist on both tallies. Junior Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) capped the outburst 18:17 into the contest, heading home a Kodiak corner kick to make it 6-0.
Whitmore buried her first goal as a RedHawk midway through the opening period, as she broke free from the defense for a breakway after a header by senior Jessica Byron (Elkhart, Ind.). Stallard then tallied back-to-back goals in the 41st and 45th minutes on feeds from Kodiak and Zakrzewski to put Miami up 9-0 at halftime.
Dessfelt completed her hat trick early in the second half off an assist from freshman Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio), who finished with a pair of helpers. Krysti Clarke found the back of the net for a second time less than two minutes later in the 53rd minute.
Stallard finished her hat trick in the 67th minute, beating the keeper to the ball in the box, while Whitmore and fellow freshman Dani Fraelick (Glenview, Ill.) scored just minutes apart to make the score 14-0. Whitmore then completed her hat trick and Miami's scoring on a penalty kick in the 80th minute.
"Because of all the early goals it was a difficult game to play," Kramig said. "We talked about it at halftime. The challenge was to keep our discipline, keep our form and to continue to play good team soccer and not turn the game into garbage time and I thought the ladies did a pretty good job with that."
The RedHawks out-shot the Bulldogs, 37-3, for the match, putting 24 on frame, while also earning all eight corners in the match. Senior goalkeeper Rachelle Boff (Naples, Fla.), who played the first half, and freshman Madison Ryan (Marietta, Ga.), who controlled the cage in the second stanza, combined for the shutout. Each made one save in the game, with AAMU's best scoring chance coming off the foot of Adrienne Wiggins at the 13-minute mark of the opening period, but Boff was able to knock down the shot just below the crossbar.
Alabama A&M goalkeeper Linda Aboagye, who came on as a replacement in the 16th minute, made nine saves for the Bulldogs.
Miami returns to action Sunday with a 1 p.m. exhibition match against the North London Soccer Club (of Ontario) at Miami Soccer Field. Admission is free. The 'Hawks resume regular-season play Friday, Aug. 27 against Chattanooga at 9 p.m. ET in the Lady Govs Invitational in Clarksville, Tenn.