EVANSTON, Ill. – The Miami University field hockey team had its opportunities to score, but a strong defensive game from 11th-ranked Northwestern led the Wildcats to a 3-0 victory on Monday. The RedHawks fall to 2-3 on the season, while Northwestern improves to 4-1.

The game remained scoreless until the 13th minute when Kristin Wirtz was able to beat Miami senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller after a great pass into the circle. The Wildcats had a couple of other opportunities to score, but the RedHawk defense stood tall, while Mueller made a pair of saves.

Northwestern scored two more goals off penalty corners during the first 15 minutes of the second half. Miami responded by taking play into its offensive zone, and was rewarded with eight penalty corners during the period. Junior back Ali Froede was able to get a shot off that hit the back of the net, but the initial shot was too high and the goal was waved off.

The RedHawks best chances to score came in the last 20 minutes of the contest. Freshman midfielder Carla Romagosa set up a couple of her teammates with strong passes, but shots by junior midfielder Valentina Neira and sophomore midfielder Bea Dechant were stopped by the Wildcat keeper.

Senior forward Emily Gruesser led Miami with two shots in the game. Mueller finished with five saves. Senior back Sid Marcum recorded a defensive save. The RedHawks had an 8-6 advantage in penalty corners.

The challenging non-conference schedule continues for the RedHawks next weekend when it heads to College Park, Md. for the Terp Invitational. On Saturday, Miami takes on American at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the RedHawks face the host, second-ranked Maryland, at 2 p.m.