OXFORD, Ohio - It was a defensive struggle on a chilly afternoon in Oxford with the Indiana Hoosiers getting a late goal to get by the Miami University field hockey team, 1-0, on Sunday. The RedHawks fall to 7-8 on the season, while the Hoosiers improve to 7-5.
Indiana outshot Miami, 6-4, during a scoreless first half. The Hoosiers were able to get four shots on the net during the period, but each time Sarah Mueller was in position to make the save. Miami's best chance came in the 30th minute when Chrissy Zessin got the ball deep in the circle She attempted to plug the ball under Indiana goalkeeper Viki Green, but Green was able to trap the ball.
In the 43rd minute, Morgan Fleetwood was able to break free in the right side of the circle. Her shot was able to find the corner of the net to put the Hoosiers in front, 1-0. Miami had a chance to respond in the 52nd minute when Alyssa Logan had a shot from the right corner that was saved by Green. A penalty corner was awarded on the play, but this time Emily Gruesser's shot was blocked. The RedHawks had one final try in the last minute, but Green made another save on Ali Froede's shot.
The teams finished even with 12 shots apiece. Miami had a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners. Bea Dechant and Valentina Neira led the 'Hawks with three shots each. Mueller made seven saves in goal.
Miami returns to action on Friday when it hosts Appalachian State at 5 p.m.