OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team played a great team game on Sunday, coming away with a 2-0 victory over Michigan State out of the Big Ten. Freshman midfielder Carla Romagosa had a goal and an assist for the RedHawks, who improve to 6-6 overall. The Spartans fall to 5-7 on the season.
“I feel that in every situation we were able to accomplish what we needed to do today,” said Romagosa. “Our defense did a great job; we all ran back, no one was just walking.”
The action was mostly in the midfield during the first half, but each team had one great opportunity to score. In the ninth minute, Romagosa was open on a penalty corner, but Michigan State goalkeeper Molly Cassidy was able to make a kick save. When the Spartans had a penalty corner of their own in the 25th minute, Miami senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made a diving save to keep the ball out of the net. Four minutes later, Mueller came up on a MSU breakaway and kicked the ball away to help send the game into the break scoreless.
In the 39th minute, the RedHawks were able to earn four straight penalty corner attempts. On the fourth attempt, junior midfielder Valentina Neira found Romagosa in the middle of the circle. She beat Cassidy to give Miami a 1-0 lead.
In the 57th minute, the RedHawks got their 10th penalty corner attempt of the game. On it Romagosa sent a quick past to junior back Ali Froede, who rifled it past Cassidy to make it 2-0. Michigan State was able to get a couple more shots late, but Mueller turned them away to earn her 11th career shutout.
“It was a lot about winning our 1v1 battles,” said Mueller. “Each person knew what their responsibility was, and by everyone doing their job we were able to come away with the win.”
Miami outshot Michigan State, 9-8, for the contest and had a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners. Romagosa led the RedHawks with three shots, while Mueller finished with five saves.
Miami begins MAC play on Friday when it hosts Ball State at 5:30 p.m.