RADFORD, Va. – A goal in the final two minutes spoiled a 2012 exhibition opener for Miami (Ohio) as Radford scored late to snag a 2-1 victory at Cupp Stadium. The contest was Miami’s only exhibition match this year.
“It was a good, even game. We gave up a goal in the closing minutes, which was disappointing, but overall I thought we played pretty well for a first time out,” Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. “Radford is a good team and has made the NCAA tournament the past couple of years.”
Miami applied pressure early, hitting both the post and crossbar in the opening minutes of the game, but was unable to find the net. The Highlanders then struck first, as Sahar Aflaki stole the ball in the RedHawks’ defensive end and beat goalkeeper Allison Norenberg on a breakaway for an unassisted goal in the 20th minute.
Miami’s Jess Kodiak buried a loose ball just outside the six-yard box off the bottom of the crossbar, tieing the match at 1-1 in the 42nd minute.
Despite the game being tied, Miami controlled much of the first half, outshooting Radford 12-4. Highlander keeper Che’ Brown made all three of her saves in the first 45 minutes.
The teams traded possession for much of the second half, but combined for only seven shots and four shots on goal in total. With just 1:28 remaining in the match, Highlander Krissia Vasquez gathered a loose ball and lofted a shot over RedHawk Ashley Hull from 35 yards out to break the deadlock and give Radford the 2-1 win.
“We challenged our team before the game to put the things we’ve been working on in practice and apply them to the game. I think for the most part they did that,” Kramig said. “I believe we have the nucleus for a very good team this year.”