Kent soccer outshoots Miami, loses 0-2

The late season woes continue for the Kent State women’s soccer team, as they fell to the Miami Redhawks (4-12-1, 3-6-1) Sunday afternoon in Oxford. Despite outshooting Miami 27-10, the team failed to capitalize. 

Coach Rob Marinaro spoke about the offensive woes that were present early in the season and are present now. 

“We’re creating our opportunities, but unfortunately when your confidence is not very high you make mistakes that cost you games,” Marinaro said. 

In the 10th minute, Miami took the lead on Kent’s own goal in an effort to clear and defend. Marinaro described it as an “unfortunate play.”

The Flashes had 11 shots on goal, with seven of them being from junior midfielder Vital Kats. The Redhawks grabbed a second goal in the 64th minute by freshman defender/forward Kennedy Gray. Sophomore goalkeeper Izzie Vaccari was a dominant force for Miami with 11 saves. 

“Just from a statistical standpoint we do enough to win games, but we put too much pressure on ourselves,” Marinaro said. “The second half was a really good effort, but it’s difficult to change games in those moments.”

As the team falls to (5-9-3, 3-5-2), and in 6th place in the current MAC standings, Marinaro described what he wanted to see from his team as the conference tournament looms.

“We must have the sheer will to fight, and to close the season off in a strong manner,” Marinaro said 

The team will finish off conference play on Halloween Thursday at Dix Stadium against Ohio (10-6-1, 5-3-1). Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m.

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