KENT, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team scored an early goal, but Kent State was able to come back to earn a 3-1 victory in Mid-American Conference action on Sunday. The RedHawks fall to 8-9 overall and 2-2 in the MAC. The Golden Flashes improve to 8-8 overall and 4-0 in the MAC.
Miami started aggressively, pushing the ball immediately onto the Kent State side of the field. An early shot by sophomore midfielder Bea Dechant went high in the third minute. Keeping the ball in their attack zone, senior forward Alyssa Logan earned the ‘Hawks earned a penalty corner in the fifth minute. Senior midfielder Emily Gruesser sent a pass in to Dechant. Dechant passed the ball to junior midfielder Gabby Goldach, who rifled it towards the net. Senior back Jordan Long then tipped the ball in to give Miami a 1-0 lead.
Logan nearly made it 2-0 in the 15th minute, but her shot went just wide of the net. The Golden Flashes answered two minutes later when Hannah Faulkner scored to even the score at 1-1.
It remained that way for the next 40 minutes as both teams’ defenses kept the shot attempts from reaching their goalkeepers. In the 49th minute, Dechant appeared to score on a penalty corner, but her shot went into the goal too high and had not been deflected. Kent State broke the stalemate in the 59th minute when Madison Thompson scored off an assist by Sami Surdy.
In the 63rd minute, the RedHawks earned another penalty corner. On the play the Golden Flashes committed a hard foul. That earned Miami a penalty stroke. Junior midfielder Valentina Neira took the stroke, but sent the ball wide. With the RedHawks forced to play aggressively on offense, Kent State took advantage to score a clinching penalty corner goal in the 66th minute to secure the 3-1 victory.
Miami finished the game with a 12-8 advantage in shots and an 8-4 lead in penalty corners. Gruesser and Dechant led the RedHawks with three shots apiece.
Miami completes the regular season this week with a pair of home matches. The RedHawks have their final MAC game when they take on Central Michigan Saturday at noon. Miami then faces Providence on Senior Day at noon.