COLUMBUS - Playing its fifth ranked opponent of the season, the Miami University field hockey team broke through with a win, defeating 23rd-ranked Ohio State, 2-1, on Sunday. The RedHawks improve to 2-4 on the season, while the Buckeyes fall to 2-3.
Both teams had chances early, with Emily Gruesser's shot in the third minute stopped by Ohio State goalkeeper Emma Voelker. In the eighth minute, Berta Queralt would dribble inside the circle and shoot the ball past Sarah Mueller into the left side of the cage to put the Buckeyes up, 1-0. Mueller and the defense would stiffen from there, as it would be the only time OSU would get on the board.
Miami would get the equalizer in the 32nd minute. After being awarded a penalty corner, a shot from Olivia Miller was blocked. Leni Gross took a stab at it, but her shot was saved by Voelker. Valentina Neira would then get the ball at the top left portion of the circle. She found Gruesser in the left corner. Gruesser put the ball into the net for her fourth goal in the past two games and fifth of the season. The teams went into the break tied at one.
The Buckeyes got a couple of chances early in the second half off of penalty corners, but Mueller came up with some good saves. In the 45th minute a shot by Bea Dechant was saved by Voelker. The ball came right to Demi Wideman, who shot it into the open net for her first career goal to make it 2-1 in favor of Miami.
In the final 20 minutes of the contest, Ohio State would earn six different penalty corner attempts. Each time either Mueller would come up with a big save, or the RedHawk defense would force the shot attempt wide. The Buckeyes final shot came in the final six seconds when their attempt went out of bounds. The clock expired and Miami had earned the victory.
For the game, OSU outshot the RedHawks, 25-11. The Buckeyes also had an 11-3 advantage on penalty corners. Gruesser, Miller and Dechant each had two shots, while Mueller finished with 10 saves.
The challenging non-conference schedule for Miami continues next weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 15, the RedHawks travel to Charlottesville to take on sixth-ranked Virginia at 11 a.m. The next day, Miami will head to Williamsburg to take on William & Mary at noon.