OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University field hockey team earned their second win of the weekend, as the RedHawks prevailed over the Georgetown Hoyas Sunday in a 7-1 decision. The Red and White posted their best offensive production of the season, surpassing their previous six-goal outing against Longwood on Sept. 8. Sunday's win was also significant as the team got a big win while celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
"I think we were able to use all our options today," said senior Olivia Miller. "We were able to do the short balls that built it up the sideline and we were able to see the long balls that were able to give us the big breakways. We were able to manage when we could slow down and when we could speed up and that allowed for a lot of great scoring opportunities."
Miami (4-6) seized the initiative early as Miller opened the scoring off a penalty corner to give the RedHawks a 1-0 advantage at 3:00. The 'Hawks had a clear advantage on the play, as two Hoya players were called off-sides on the play, leading to a 9-3 advantage for Miami.
The RedHawks struck again at 16:30 as freshman Bea Dechant fired a beautiful shot from the left side that found its way by Hoya goalkeeper Briana Periera to give the 'Hawks a 2-0 advantage. The tally was Dechant's first career goal.
Junior Alyssa Logan furthered the lead when she tallied on a penalty corner, giving the 'Hawks a 3-0 lead at 18:12. Sophomore Ali Froede threw the ball in front of the net, but her shot went just wide. Logan found the rebound and shoved it by Pereira.
Miami posted another penalty corner goal as the ball bounced off a shot to the left corner of the net where junior Emily Gruesser was able to deposit the ball in the net to extend the Red and White lead to 4-0 at 31:45. Sid Marcum tallied her second assist of the game on the play.
The Hoyas (2-8) responded with a goal of their own to close out the first half as Emily Weinberg put in a goal as playing time expired to cut the Miami lead to 4-1. The goal was the only one that Miami sophomore Christina Heston let in, as she earned her first win of the season. Heston would finish the outing with three saves.
Sophomore Valentina Neira silenced a possible comeback when she scored at 37:28 to put the Red and White ahead, 5-1. Logan found Neira on the far side of the net, where Neira made an easy tap in goal to put the game away.
The RedHawks leading scorer on the weekend with seven points, Miller, found the back of the net again at 46:33 to give Miami a 6-1 lead. Freshman Leni Gross recorded her first point of the year on the play as she was credited with an assist on the play.
Freshman Angela Amon recorded the first goal of her career at Miami and scored the 'Hawks seventh goal. Kaitlin Evans found Amon on the opposite side of the circle with a beautiful pass before Evans shot the ball in at 63:51.
"I think we did really well with our off ball movement," said Logan. "We're working on supporting the ball carrier and did that successfully today."
Miami outshot Georgetown 20-8 for the game. The RedHawks had an impressive 18 penalty corner attempts for the contest and had an 18-3 advantage in that category. Miller led Miami with eight shots, including five on goal.
The RedHawks return to action Monday for an afternoon matchup with Saint Francis (PA) at 2 p.m. at the Miami Field Hockey Turf Complex. The game can be viewed live on Miami All-Access for those who are unable to attend.