WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Miami University field hockey team came up one goal short in a competitive battle with William & Mary on Sunday afternoon, falling 2-1. The RedHawks are now 2-6 on the season, while the Tribe improves to 7-1.
William & Mary had the majority of the chances early in the game, but junior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller came up big, making five saves in the first 17 minutes to keep the game scoreless. The RedHawks finally got their chance in the 20th minute, but Bea Dechant's shot was stopped by Tribe goalkeeper Catherine Johnson.
It remained scoreless until the 34th minute of the first half. William & Mary was able to earn a penalty corner. On the attempt Maria Caro was able to score off a pass from Sarah Morehouse.
The Tribe made it 2-0 early in the second half when they were able to score once again on a penalty corner. Miami would go on the attack, answering two minutes later. Dechant would get the ball into the circle and take a shot. It was going to go wide, but Kaitlin Evans was there to redirect it into the net for her second goal of the season.
Mueller would keep it a one-goal deficit with three saves over the next 20 minutes. The RedHawks would then have multiple attempts in the final six minutes of the game to score the equalizer. Valentina Neira's shot in the 65th minute was saved by Johnson, but the rebound came right back to her. She shot again, but this time it went just wide. Dechant, Alyssa Logan, Emily Gruesser and Neira would each get shots on net, but Johnson was able to turn each of them away and time ran out on Miami.
The Tribe outshot the RedHawks 17-13 for the game. They also had a 9-5 advantage in penalty corner attempts. Neira led Miami with four shots, while Mueller finished with 10 saves in goal.
"We didn't bring our 'A' game today and gave away the first part of the game," said head coach Iņako Puzo. "There are positive things to take away from the weekend, and it will help prepare us for MAC games. We have to be ready for every team as we move forward."
Miami will begin Mid-American Conference play next weekend when it travels to Mt. Pleasant to take on Central Michigan on Friday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. The RedHawks will then head home for a pair of non-conference games. Miami will face Georgetown on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Monday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.