EVANSTON, Ill. – A hard-fought, defensive battle between the Miami University field hockey team and 16th-ranked Boston University was scoreless until nearly the end, but a goal in the 60th minute gave the Terriers a 1-0 win. BU improves to 3-1 on the season, while the RedHawks fall to 2-2.
Miami had the first great chance to score when it earned a penalty corner in the 10th minute, but senior midfielder Jordan Long’s shot attempt was blocked. The Terriers brought the ball down to their attack zone and got off back-to-back shots, but each time senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller was in position to make the save. The ‘Hawks best chance in the first half came in the 26th minute when sophomore midfielder Bea Dechant had a great sweep to the top of the cage, but BU goalkeeper Valentina Cerda made a diving save.
The RedHawks earned three penalty corners during the first 20 minutes of the second half, resulting in a pair of shots. Junior back Ali Froede and junior back Shannon Regan each put the ball on net, but Cerda was able to make the stops. In the 60th minute the ball got loose out of a scramble and BU’s Anne Fruitema was able to tip it in at the goal line to put the Terriers on the board.
Miami went on the attack as it looked for the tying tally. Junior forward Valentina Neira and junior midfielder Gabby Goldach had back-to-back shots, but once again Cerda stayed strong in net. The RedHawks had one final opportunity in the 65th minute when they earned a penalty corner, but Froede’s shot was just wide.
Boston University had a narrow, 11-7, advantage in total shots. Despite that, Miami was the offensive aggressors most of the game, holding a 7-1 lead in penalty corner attempts. Froede led the RedHawks with two shots, while Mueller made seven saves in net.
Miami remains in Evanston, Ill. on Monday when it takes on 11th-ranked Northwestern at 1 p.m. (EDT).