ATHENS, Ohio – On a cold and wet day in Athens, a goal early in the second proved to be the difference as Ohio defeated the Miami University field hockey team, 1-0, in a defensive battle on Wednesday. The RedHawks fall to 8-8 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats are now 6-8 overall and 2-1 in the MAC.
Miami had a few good chances in the first half. The RedHawks were able to earn a penalty corner less than two minutes into the game. The shot by junior back Ali Froede was blocked by a Bobcat defender before it could find the net. Junior midfielder Gabby Goldach hit the post on an attempt midway through the half, while senior forward Emily Gruesser had her shot saved by Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker in the 33rd minute to send the game into the break scoreless.
Two minutes into the second half, the Bobcats’ Luli Teruel Gomez was able to get the ball on a breakaway. She rifled a shot from the top of the circle into the low center of the goal, beating Miami senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller and making the score 1-0.
It continued to be a defensive battle until the ‘Hawks had their final opportunity in the 63rd minute. Earning a penalty corner, Gruesser sent the ball into the middle of the circle. Goldach took a shot that was blocked. The rebound went to Froede, but her shot went high. Ohio was able to run out the rest of the clock to secure the victory.
The Bobcats held a slim, 8-6, advantage in shots. The teams were even with three penalty corner attempts apiece. Froede led Miami with three shots, while Mueller made two saves in goal.
The RedHawks look to rebound on Sunday when they head to Kent State for a noon game.