Miami holds on for victory over Michigan State
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 01:10
The Miami University field hockey team grabbed a victory over the Michigan State University Spartans with a 2-0 shutout. The RedHawks improved their record for the season to 6-6, while the Spartans fell to 5-7.
“We knew how to fix problems and what to do in every situation, we knew in the back what to do to get the ball to the target,” freshman midfielder Carla Romagosa said. “And we did a great job defense as we were all running back, so no one was just walking.”
The first half of the game was scoreless and the RedHawks were able to make some key saves to prevent Spartan goals.
“Everyone stood up to their responsibility,” senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller said. “Just by everyone doing their job we were able to be a cohesive team and win the game.”
Late in the first period, Mueller made a diving save off of a penalty corner. She later came out of the goal to make a save at the edge of the shooting circle on a Michigan State breakaway.
“I felt a lot of confidence because of how my team supported me coming back all the way, my saves kept us alive and in the game and kept the team going,” Mueller said. “It really kept our momentum going too.”
In the 39th minute, the RedHawks earned four straight penalty corner and the fourth try gave Miami a 1-0 lead when junior midfielder Valentina Neira found Romagosa in the middle of the circle.
The RedHawks later increased their lead off of another penalty corner, as Romagosa got a quick pass to junior back Ali Froede (LINK 3) who fired it into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Mueller earned her 11th career shutout and was able to make five saves.
Miami came out with the victory after taking nine shots on goal and ten penalty corner attempts. The ’Hawks capitalized on two of the penalty corners.
Michigan State did not go down without a fight as it had eight shots on goal and four penalty corners.
The RedHawks begin Mid-American Conference play 5:30 p.m. Friday when they host Ball State University.
“We talk a lot about discipline and accountability and how it has to be there for the full game, and when we are playing a great team like Michigan State, we can’t give them opportunities, so as long as we pull together the win is going to happen,” head coach Inako Puzo said. “And what is important is we have to keep learning from each game we play, and a game like that gave us a little more confidence.”