BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Miami University field hockey team nearly completed a spirited comeback from a two-goal halftime deficit, but it ultimately fell to Indiana, 3-2, Friday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 5-5 on the season, while the Hoosiers improve to 6-2 after their sixth consecutive victory.
A slow start by Miami saw Indiana score two goals in the first 18 minutes to take a 2-0 lead. The RedHawks began to come alive towards the end of the first half as junior midfielder Valentina Neira, freshman midfielder Colby Hussong and sophomore midfielder Bea Dechant each had opportunities, but their shots went just wide of the net.
Having been outshot, 8-3, during the first half, Miami came out and completely dominated play in the second half. In the 40th minute, the ‘Hawks were rewarded when Neira scored on a two-on-one breakaway. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers answered back with a goal a little over a minute later to regain the two-goal cushion. It was their only shot attempt of the period.
The RedHawks kept the pressure up with three penalty corner attempts. Finally, in the 57th minute senior forward Alyssa Logan sent a pass to senior forward Emily Gruesser, who was camped out in the left side of the circle. Gruesser found the back of the net to make the score 3-2.
Miami kept going for the tying goal as Neira had a pair of shot attempts that were stopped by Indiana goalkeeper Maggie Olson. Junior midfielder Gabby Goldach had one final opportunity, but her shot went just wide of the net. The Hoosiers were able to get the ball out of the Miami attack zone in the final minute and run out the clock to hang on to the victory.
The RedHawks outshot Indiana, 10-1 in the second half and 13-9 for the game. They had a 7-2 advantage in penalty corners, including a 6-0 advantage in the second half. Neira led the way with four shots, three of which were on goal. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made five saves in net.
Miami remains in Bloomington Saturday, where it will take on eighth-ranked Penn State in a neutral site game at 2 p.m.