RedHawks upset #17 Michigan
Fate finally smiled on the Miami soccer team this weekend, and the RedHawks took advantage of it. After being shut out in every game this season, Miami used an early first-half goal followed by 70 minutes of solid defense to pull off a stunning 1-0 upset of the #17 Michigan Wolverines on Sunday.
The game-winning goal came in the 19th minute, when team captain Megan Ortner fired a perfect cross in front of the Wolverine goal that was headed in by sophomore midfielder Lindy Slinger. From then on, excellent defensive work preserved the RedHawk lead, as goalkeepers Leigh Terry and Shannon Chew combined for nine saves (four and five, respectively). Chew faced an offensive flurry from Michigan, who had twelve second-half shots while she was in net. Miami's defense even survived a one-player disadvantage during the final five minutes of the game after sophomore midfielder Jennifer Rush was red-carded for tackling in the box.
The win over Michigan was Miami's first over a ranked opponent in five years and only the second in team history (the other was in 2001, when the RedHawks beat #19 WVU in the first round of the NCAA tournament). The team begins a road trip to Boston on Thursday, when they play Northeastern. A match with the Harvard Crimson follows on Saturday.
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