SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Miami University field hockey team struck first and earned 16 penalty corners throughout the contest, but Missouri State was able to come from behind and take a 3-1 victory. The RedHawks see their three-game winning streak come to an end as they fall to 5-7 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bears improve to 4-6 overall and 2-0 in the MAC.
The RedHawks were able to earn four penalty corner attempts early. Alyssa Logan and Bea Dechant were able to record shots on the attempts, but were unable to convert. In the 20th minute Miami was able to break through, as Chrissy Zessin scored her first goal of the season to make it 1-0 in favor of the 'Hawks. The Bears answered on a penalty corner eight minutes later to send the game into the half tied at one.
Missouri State took the lead in the 43rd minute off a goal by Holly Scherer. The RedHawks had a great opportunity to answer back a minute later, but Valentina Neira's shot was saved by Bears' goalkeeper Andrea Bain. Bain would make another save off a shot by Olivia Miller before Hillary Lawless scored her second goal of the day to make it 3-1 in favor of MSU in the 52nd minute.
Miami had two great opportunities to cut into the lead late when Neira and Gruesser took shots with Bain out of position, but each time a Missouri State defender would keep the ball out of the goal with a defensive save. Eventually the RedHawks ran out of time and the Bears came away with a 3-1 win.
Missouri State outshot Miami, 12-9, for the game. The RedHawks had a 16-6 advantage in penalty corners. Neira led them with three shots. Christina Heston made six saves in goal for the Red and White.
Miami looks to get back on the winning track when it travels to Saint Louis Sunday for a 3 p.m. (EDT) game.