#35 Miami (OH) Women's Soccer 2013 Preview

Miami (Ohio) Redhawks

Overall Rank: # 35
Conference Rank: # 1 Mid-American
#35 Miami (OH) Women's Soccer 2013 Preview
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Miami is coming off of the best season in school history, one which saw it go 20-3-1, upset 20th-ranked Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and lose to Duke in the second round. Miami's 20 wins were a school record while the RedHawks made their fourth ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and third straight trip to the second round. Miami also won both the Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2012. The tournament title was the fourth in program history and the regular season title was the program's second.

2012 Record: 20-3-1, 10-0-1
2012 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Bobby Kramig

Miami scored often last year, finishing 11th in the country with 2.39 goals per game. Luckily for the RedHawks, three of last year's top four scorers return. Leading scorer Jess Kodiak graduated, but Kelsey Dinges, who had 11 goals, and Haley Walter had 10 goals return. Katy Dolesh and Kayla Zakrzewski each had nine goals. Zakrzewski also had 11 assists. But the offense isn't all the team has coming back. Goalie Allison Norenberg returns after playing over 2,100 minutes. She had eight shutouts during the 2012 season.  

With such a large number of its players returning and much of the team still relatively young, (19 of 30 players are freshmen or sophomores), it's easy to see the success happening again. The biggest loss came via Kodiak's graduation, as she was the leader in goals and assists with 12 each.

Final Projection:
Miami is set to be a force in the MAC for at least the next couple years. Walter is only a sophomore and Dinges is a junior. Replacing Kodiak will be vital for the RedHawks, but if they can get some production from some of the other players on the team, the team might be primed for a longer run into the NCAA Tournament. The recruiting class is heavy on defensemen, many of whom will come in looking to get playing time right away. The RedHawks carry a challenging schedule this year, including hosting two games against Louisville and Purdue.

Projected Postseason: NCAA

Returning Leaders:
Goals: Kelsey Dinges, Junior, MF, 11
Assists: Kayla Zakrzewski, Senior, MF, 11
Shots: Katy Dolesh, Senior, F, 71
Saves: Allison Norenberg, Junior, 77


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