RedHawks aim to remain unbeaten at home
Published: Monday, October 8, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012 20:10
The Miami University field hockey team is looking to improve to 5-0 at home with two home games this weekend. The RedHawks play their second Mid-American Conference (MAC) game of the season 12 p.m. Saturday against Kent State University (5-8, 1-0 MAC). Miami then hosts non-conference opponent Indiana University 1 p.m. Sunday.
“We are focusing on the big picture, and how every little thing we do can affect it,” junior midfielder Jordan Long said.
The RedHawks and Golden Flashes both faced Ohio State University and the University of Louisville. Miami beat Ohio State 2-1, but lost to Louisville 3-1. Kent State lost both games, 8-2 and 6-1, respectively.
Sophomore midfielder Julia Hofmann leads the Golden Flashes with 10 goals this season, double the goals of Miami's leader, junior forward Emily Gruesser. Kent State junior midfielder Rebecca Lee also has five goals on the season.
The Golden Flashes are being outscored 2.46 to 4.62 and are being outshot 18.5 to 13.2. The RedHawks are being outscored 2.08 to 2.31 and being outshot 14.7 to 11.4.
Sophomore Jahna Jordan is the starting goalkeeper for Kent State and has a 4.54 goals against average and a .646 save percentage. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller and sophomore goalkeeper Christina Heston have both started for Miami in the net this season. Mueller has a 2.67 goals against average and a .762 save percentage, while Heston has a 1.50 goals against average and a .647 save percentage.
“This weekend we are just trying to get back to the basics and get our skills back up to where they need to be,” Gruesser said.
Indiana is 6-4 and has three common opponents with the RedHawks. The Hoosiers have wins over Missouri State University and Louisville, while Miami lost to both schools. Both Indiana and Miami have lost to Michigan State University this season. Indiana also beat Miami 4-2 in a scrimmage in August.
Senior forward Morgan Fleetwood leads the Hoosiers with six goals this season, with three players tied for second with three goals. Indiana is outscoring its opponents 2.33 to 2.11 and is outshooting them 19-14.
Graduate student goalkeeper Viki Green leads the Hoosiers with six starts and a 5-1 record. Green has a 2.68 goals against average and a .684 save percentage.
“We don’t do too much adjusting for different teams; we try to make them play our style,” Gruesser said.