OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team had its penalty corner game going on Saturday, and it used it to earn a 5-2 victory over Missouri State. Miami improves to 8-6 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bears fall to 3-11 overall and 0-3 in the MAC.
The RedHawks featured a balance offense, as five different players scored on Saturday. Each goal was scored on a penalty corner attack.
Miami got on the board in the fifth minute when senior back Jordan Long found junior back Ali Froede for the goal. Two minutes later, junior midfielder Gabby Goldach tipped in freshman midfielder Carla Romagosa’s pass to make it 2-0. It remained that way until the 19th minute, when a strong pass allowed Missouri State to put a goal in the left side and send the game into the break with the ‘Hawks in front, 2-1.
On a penalty corner in the 41st minute, the Bears were able to make a defensive save on sophomore midfielder Bea Dechant’s shot. Senior forward Emily Gruesser was there to grab the rebound, and she plugged it in to make it 3-1.
Miami put the game away during a three minute stretch beginning in the 51st minute. Romagosa found Long to give the RedHawks a 4-1 advantage. Dechant then completed Miami’s scoring in the 54th minute off a pass from senior back Sid Marcum. Missouri State made it 5-2 in the 63rd minute when it scored on a penalty stroke.
The RedHawks outshot the Bears, 13-9, for the game. Miami also had a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners. Gruesser led the ‘Hawks with four shots, while senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made five saves in net.
Miami returns to action on Sunday when it hosts 18th-ranked Iowa at noon.