OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team has an important weekend ahead with a key Mid-American Conference match, followed by a game against yet another ranked opponent. The RedHawks take on Missouri State on Saturday at 10 a.m., and will follow that up with a contest against 18th-ranked Iowa on Sunday at noon.

Because of the homecoming football game on Saturday, there will be a charge for parking. Fans will need to park in the West Millett lot and walk down to the field hockey field. There will be no parking available directly at the field hockey field. Parking is $10 per vehicle. This is only for Saturday’s game; parking will be free on Sunday.

The RedHawks improved to 7-6 overall and 1-0 in the MAC after a 7-0 win over Ball State last Friday. Freshman forward Grace Leeker had a breakout game, recording a hat trick of three goals. Junior back Ali Froede led a defense that allowed only two shots in the first 68 minutes of the contest and only five total. For her efforts, she was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Missouri State is 3-10 overall and 0-2 in the MAC. It broke a three-game losing streak with a dramatic, 3-2, overtime victory over Saint Louis this past Tuesday. The Bears are led by senior forward Hillary Lawless. She has six goals and one assist for 13 points on the season.

Iowa is 8-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes are the seventh different ranked opponent Miami has faced this season. In their last action, they defeated Pacific, 7-2, on Sunday. Prior to taking on the RedHawks, Iowa will face Ohio State on Friday. The Hawkeyes are led by sophomore forward Natalie Cafone. She has 13 goals and five assists for 31 points in 2013.

Miami hits the road for a pair of MAC games next week. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the RedHawks travel to Athens for a 5 p.m. contest against Ohio. On Sunday, Oct. 27, Miami takes on Kent State at noon.