OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University field hockey team exploded for its biggest offensive output in nearly three years when it scored nine goals in a 9-1 victory over Appalachian State on Friday. Alyssa Logan led the way with a hat trick of three goals, her first career multi-goal game. The RedHawks improve to 8-8 overall, while the Mountaineers fall to 2-11.
Miami dominated play in the first half, outshooting Appalachian State, 14-3. Despite keeping play mostly in their offensive zone, it took until the 13th minute for the RedHawks to break through. A shot by Sid Marcum was saved by the goalkeeper, but Jordan Long was right there to plug the ball in and put Miami on the board.
In the 32nd minute, Valentina Neira would find Logan in the center of the circle. She shot it in for her first goal of the day which made it 2-0. Less than two minutes later, Neira would find Logan in the center of the circle again for a quick shot that sent the 'Hawks into the break leading 3-0.
The Mountaineers struck in the 40th minute on a breakaway to cut the deficit to two goals. Undaunted, Miami answered back 42 seconds later when Neira found Emily Gruesser right in the center of the circle 10 yards out. Her hard shot beat ASU's Sarah Anderson and made it 4-1.
A mad scramble in the middle of the Miami offensive circle in the 54th minute would result in Logan chipping the goal into the net for the hat trick. Olivia Miller would then make it 6-1 when she brought the ball in on a breakaway two minutes later. Angela Amon scored her second career goal in the 59th minute when she slid in a shot untouched from the left side of the circle. A goal from Bea Dechant in the 60th minute would make it 8-1, and the RedHawks completed the scoring with a perfectly executed penalty corner by Miller in the 63rd minute. Neira recorded her fourth assist of the day on the play.
Miami outshot the Mountaineers, 22-5, for the game. Miller led the way with five shots, while Logan had four. The RedHawks had a 9-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Miami returns to action next weekend when it travels to Ball State on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.