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Soccer drops exhibition opener, picked 8th in MAC

The Miami soccer team opened its 2005 exhibition schedule on Tuesday, losing to Cincinnati 1-0 in Oxford.  The only scoring came from the Bearcats’ Lauren Buland, who scored on an unassisted chip shot over Miami keeper Leigh Terry in the 53rd minute.  The RedHawks, who were outshot 11-5, still looked quite impressive at moments, according to head coach Bobby Kramig.

Also yesterday, the RedHawks were selected to finish eighth in the preseason MAC coaches’ poll.  Other coaches saw the graduation of two-time MAC Player of the Year Ashley Swinehart as a big loss for Miami, but Kramig believes his veteran squad (with two seniors and ten juniors, not to mention two All-Freshman players from last season) will be more balanced than in previous years.  Defending MAC Champion Kent State was picked to repeat, while Northern Illinois is expected to bring up the rear.

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