OXFORD, Ohio – Three goals in the first half gave visiting Northwestern an early lead and Miami couldn’t recover in route to a 5-1 loss. The RedHawks (0-2) got their goal from senior Ali Froede on assists from Shannon Regan and Bea Dechant.
“I think the team played well,” head coach Iñako Puzo said afterwards. “We didn’t have everybody available for today’s game so the players that were available, some of them had to play all 70 minutes, fought hard the entire game. We still have a lot of work to do, but this game allowed us to recognize weaknesses to work on.”
The scoring got started in the 5th minute when Northwestern’s Isabel Flens beat Alysa Xavier after a rebound. Lisa McCarthy added to the lead by scoring on a penalty stroke in the 17th minute. Two minutes later Dominique Masters scored on an assist from Sophia Miller to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.
That’s when Miami tried to mount its comeback. The team got two short corners in a row, both resulting in shots from Froede, the second of which found the back of the cage to make it 3-1.
In the second half, Masters added two more goals to give the Wildcats their 5-1 winning margin.
Froede’s goal was the 15th of her Miami career and the first of this season. The assists was Dechant’s 10th and Regan’s first of her career.
“We are really playing a lot of top teams this year,” Puzo explained about the non-conference schedule. “It’s tough to be tough, but it’s what we are looking for. We want to be exposed to really good hockey so we can try to make as many corrections as we can before we play our first conference game against Longwood.”
The RedHawks will hit the road on Friday for a game at Ohio State at 5:00 p.m. The team will remain on the road with trips to Maryland (Sept. 7) and Virginia (Sept. 9) before returning for its next home game on Sept. 13 at 11:00 a.m. against MAC opponent Longwood.