OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team put up another strong performance against a ranked opponent, but ultimately fell, 3-1, to 18th-ranked Iowa on Sunday. Miami is now 8-7 on the season, while the Hawkeyes improve to 10-5.
“We definitely put up a good fight,” said junior back Ali Froede. “I think our stick skills were a little messy, and we didn’t put away some opportunities that we had up top. But overall I feel the game was hard fought, they just were able to capitalize on our mistakes."
Senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller was on her game at the start, stopping several early Iowa chances. The Hawkeyes were finally able to break through in the 15th minute, when Natalie Cafone put in the rebound of her original shot that Mueller had stopped. Miami’s best chance in the first half came in the 16th minute when senior back Jordan Long’s shot hit the post on a penalty corner.
Iowa made it 2-0 early in the second half when Cafone scored her second of the game. Miami answered right back on a penalty corner in the 49th minute. Freshman midfielder Carla Romagosa sent a pass to Froede on the left side of the circle. Froede made a move to get past her defender, and beat the Hawkeye goalkeeper to her right to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Miami nearly tied the score two minutes later when Long had a shot at the open net. Iowa back Dani Hemeon was able to get a stick on it at the last second to keep it from crossing the line and earn a defensive save. The Hawkeyes completed the scoring in the 53rd minute when Sara Watro tipped in a shot from Hemeon.
“I think we were able to compete against a great team, which is a very good thing,” said head coach Iñako Puzo. “However, we didn’t play great this weekend, not just today but yesterday (against Missouri State) as well. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose when you play like that. We didn’t look fresh mentally and physically, so we need to focus on getting that freshness back going into two big games next week.”
Iowa had a 14-7 advantage on shots on Sunday, while Miami won the penalty corner battle, 5-3. Long Froede and sophomore midfielder Bea Dechant led the ‘Hawks with two shots apiece, while Mueller finished with 10 saves.
Miami hits the road for a pair of key MAC matches this week. On Wednesday, the RedHawks travel to Athens for a 5 p.m. match against Ohio. Miami then heads to Kent State on Sunday for a noon showdown.