CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Miami University field hockey team ran into one of the top teams in the nation on Saturday, falling to ninth-ranked Virginia, 6-1. The RedHawks are now 2-5 on the season, while the Cavaliers improve to 7-2.
Miami kept the Virginia offense in check for the first six minutes, holding the Cavaliers without a shot. In the seventh minute, UVA was able to earn a penalty corner, and Elizabeth Hanks would convert to put the Cavaliers up, 1-0. Two minutes later, Paige Selenski, a member of the United States National Field Hockey Team that competed in London over the summer, would score from the right corner to make it 2-0. RedHawk goalie Sarah Mueller would hold tough from there, making five saves to keep the score 2-0 going into the half.
Selenski would make it 3-0 in the 37th minute. In the 42nd minute, Miami would earn a penalty corner of its own. During the play Bea Dechant would find Ali Froede, who put it in to cut the deficit to 3-1. Seven minutes later, the RedHawks would score an own goal when a Virginia shot deflected off a RedHawk defender and into the net to make it 4-1. Miami would have another attempt to score off a penalty corner, but Olivia Miller's shot was saved. The Cavaliers would score two goals late to make the final score 6-1.
Virginia outshot Miami, 14-8, for the game. The RedHawks had a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners. Miller led the way with three shots. Mueller made seven saves in goal.
Miami returns to action Sunday when it travels to Williamsburg to take on William & Mary at noon.