OXFORD, Ohio – Going into overtime for the second consecutive day, senior forward Emily Gruesser made sure the Miami University field hockey team had a successful Senior Day, scoring on her own rebound in the 73rd minute to give the RedHawks a 2-1 victory over Providence on Sunday. Miami completes the regular season at 10-9 overall, while the Friars fall to 8-10.
“We gave up too many opportunities inside of our 25,”said head coach Iñako Puzo. “But if we look at the result, we are very happy because Providence is a great team and it’s a great win for the program.”
The Friars had a 28-15 shot advantage in the game. However, senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller was up to the task, tying a career-high with 14 saves. The entire Miami defense played well in protecting the net, coming up with a season-high four defensive saves. Junior midfielder Gabby Goldach led the ‘Hawks with two of them.
Providence used 11 penalty corner attempts during the first half to create 16 shot attempts. However it was Miami who successfully converted on one of its six penalty corner attempts. In the 29th minute, senior back Jordan Long’s shot was saved by the Friar keeper. The rebound went back to junior back Ali Froede who took a shot on the net of her own. Freshman forward Grace Leeker was at the goal line to tip the ball in and give Miami a 1-0 advantage.
It stayed that way until the 58th minute when Providence finally converted on its 14th penalty corner attempt of the game. The Friars had a chance to win the game in regulation with a little over a minute left when a tipped shot appeared to be heading straight in at the top of the net, but Goldach came up and was able to get a stick on it to knock it away for a great defensive save. The RedHawks were able to run out the rest of the clock to send the game into overtime.
Playing 7v7 during the overtime session, an early yellow card put Providence down a player. Miami took advantage in the 73rd minute to bring the ball into its attack circle. Gruesser took a shot from the top left corner that was kicked away. The ball bounced to the left side where Gruesser scooped it up and took another shot that beat the goalkeeper to her left and gave the RedHawks their second straight 2-1 overtime victory.
“This is good for us. We’d of course prefer to beat teams 5-0, as would any team, but these games get you ready for when you need to perform your best,” said Puzo. “We’re going to the MAC Tournament, where you cannot afford to make mistakes. It’s going to be a close tournament and overtime is always a possibility. This week is going to get us ready for the future.”
The Friars finished with a 14-8 advantage in penalty corners. Froede and senior Alyssa Logan led the RedHawks with three shots apiece.
Miami hosts the annual Mid-American Conference Tournament beginning Friday. Check back with MURedHawks.com on Monday for the release of the official bracket.