Field Hockey splits weekend games
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 00:10
The Miami University field hockey team split a pair of games this weekend, as it defeated Missouri State University but fell short against the University of Iowa.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and we didn’t play great this weekend as we didn’t look fresh mentally or physically, and sharp in our basic skills,” head coach Inako Puzo said. “We still keep on showing that we are able to compete with Big Ten teams.”
The RedHawks faced the Missouri State Bears Saturday and defeated them 5-2. They faced another Big Ten school Sunday, and No. 18 Iowa defeated Miami 3-1.
In the Missouri State game, Miami spread the scoring around as five different players scored, and senior midfielder Emily Gruesser led the team with four shots.
“The game was definitely a battle, there were ups and downs, but we came up with the win and what we had towards the end was just the support of everyone and people were stepping up to help one another,” senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller said.
The RedHawks took 13 shots, compared to the Bears’ nine. Miami also had a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners, and Mueller made five saves in net.
The Iowa game was a defensive battle, as the Hawkeyes challenged the RedHawk backfield by cutting off their passing lanes, making it difficult to move the ball up the field into scoring position.
“We put up a good fight, but our stick skills were a little messy and we didn’t put away opportunities that we had up top,” junior back Ali Froede said. “We just didn’t capitalize on opportunities, but overall it was a hard fought game and it was pretty 50-50, unfortunately they just capitalized on our mistakes.
Miami took five penalty corners, but the RedHawks were only able to score once, when Froede drove past the defender and goalie to score off an assist from freshman midfielder Carla Romagosa. Mueller finished with 10 saves for the game.
Froede said the team needs to refocus for the week and get ready for a big conference game against Ohio University Wednesday.
The RedHawks will have two road conference games, coming up, as they head to Ohio Wednesday for a 5 p.m. match and Kent State Sunday for a noon match.