ST. LOUIS - The Miami University field hockey team dominated play throughout Sunday's field hockey contest as it held Saint Louis to only four shots for the entire game. However, it took a penalty stroke by Bea Dechant in the 39th minute for the RedHawks to come away with a 1-0 victory. Miami improves to 6-7 on the season, while the Billikens fall to 1-10.
The Red and White peppered the Saint Louis circle with nine shots during the first half. Billiken goalkeeper Tori Westhead was up to the task, making six saves during the frame, including three on Miami senior Olivia Miller. Saint Louis managed only four shots in the first half, only one of which was on goal. Christina Heston would kick it aside to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
A little over three minutes into the second half, a Miller shot was blocked illegally, which awarded the RedHawks are rare penalty stroke. Dechant, who has already scored on two strokes this season, would beat Westhead to give Miami a 1-0 lead. It would be all the 'Hawks needed as they held the Billikens without a shot during the entire second half to secure their fourth victory in their past five games.
Miami finished with a 17-4 shot advantage for the game. The RedHawks also had a 9-1 advantage in penalty corners. Miller led the team with six shots. For Heston, it was her first career shutout.
Miami returns home for a pair of games next weekend. The RedHawks will host Kent State in a key MAC showdown on Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon. Miami will then face Indiana on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.