OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University field hockey team made it three straight wins on Monday with a 3-2 victory over Saint Francis (PA). Freshman Bea Dechant put home two penalty stroke goals, including the game-winner, for the RedHawks. Miami improves to 5-6 on the season, while the Red Flashes fall to 5-4.
A little over two minutes into the game, Saint Francis was called for a foul in the circle that prevented a goal from going in. As a result, the RedHawks were awarded the penalty stroke. Miami chose Dechant to shoot it, and she was successful in giving the team a quick, 1-0, lead.
It remained that way until the 22nd minute when the 'Hawks earned a penalty corner. The ball came up to the top of the circle where Ali Froede attempted a shot. It deflected off Sid Marcum's stick and closer to the goal, where Kaitlin Evans was there to tap it in for her fourth goal of the season. Miami would get a few more scoring chances as Olivia Miller and Dechant attempted shots, but SFU goalkeeper Katelyn Vitali made a couple of good kick saves. Miller, who keyed the offense all weekend during the winning streak, had a shot 15 seconds before halftime that went just wide, so the RedHawks went into the break in front, 2-0.
The Red Flash would tie the score up on a pair of goals in the 44th and 51st minute. Emily Gruesser and Miller would respond with a total of three shots, but each time Vitali would come up with the save. Finally in the 62nd minute, Saint Francis would commit a foul that would award another penalty stroke. Dechant stood up to take it and once again put it in. Miami would hold SFU without a shot the remainder of the game to take the 3-2 victory.
"I just tried to stay in the moment when I took the penalty strokes," said Dechant. "I was very happy to put them in and help us complete a very successful weekend. It'll be good to have this momentum going into next weekend because Missouri State will be a very tough opponent."
Miami outshot Saint Francis, 16-6, for the game. The RedHawks also had a 9-4 advantage in penalty corners. Miller led the way with five shots, while Dechant had four and Gruesser had three.
The RedHawks hit the road for a Mid-American Conference contest against Missouri State on Saturday at 1 p.m. (EDT). They will then take on Saint Louis on Sunday at 3 p.m. (EDT).