EAST LANSING, Mich. - Playing its third ranked opponent in as many games, the Miami University field hockey team fell, 3-0, to No. 11 Stanford on Saturday. The contest was a neutral-site game, played on Michigan State's field. The RedHawks fall to 0-3 on the season, while the Cardinal improves to 2-3.
Stanford got on the board in the fourth minute off of a penalty corner. Gabby Goldach stopped the initial shot, but the rebound went to Katie Mitchell, who was able to put it into the exposed net. The RedHawks would get the chance at an equalizer a little over three minutes later, but Alyssa Logan's shot was stopped by the Stanford goalkeeper. Miami held tough in the first half until the Cardinal broke through in the 32nd minute. A shot by Hope Burke would glance off Mitchell and deflect into the net to send Stanford into the break up, 2-0.
Sarah Mueller made two quick saves to begin the second half to keep it a two-goal game. Bea Dechant got a great chance to put the RedHawks on the board in the 46th minute off of a penalty corner, but once again the Cardinal goalkeeper came up strong. Stanford would put the game away in the 50th minute when it scored off of a penalty corner of its own.
Stanford outshot Miami for the game 22-4. The RedHawks stayed in the game thanks to nine saves from Mueller, along with five total defensive saves from the backline. Goldach had two of them, while Shannon Regan, Jenna Mengle and Ali Froede each had one.
Miami returns to action on Sunday when it faces Michigan State at 4 p.m.