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Miami Field Hockey falls in MAC Tournament

By Sadie Martinez, For The Miami Student

The Miami University women's field hockey team's Mid-American Conference Tournament ended early with a 3-1 loss to the Kent State University.

"Unfortunately we didn't end up were we would like to be," senior back Ali Froede said.

The Golden Flashes (10-10, 5-1 MAC) went on to take the title with a 2-0 victory over Ohio University.

Within the first two minutes of the game, Kent State was on the board with a goal from sophomore midfielder/forward Madison Thompson. Shortly after, Kent State took a 2-0 lead over Miami (7-12, 4-2 MAC) thanks to a goal by freshman midfielder/back Ines Delpech.

Freshman midfielder/back Brianna Stahl scored her second goal of the season to put the RedHawks on the board at the end of the first half.

However, the 'Hawks were unable to come back in the second half. Thompson scored her second goal for the Golden Flashes to give Kent State a 3-1 win.

For seniors Ali Froede, Gabby Goldach, Valentina Neira, Shannon Regan and Christina Heston, the loss to Kent State marks the end of the careers as RedHawks.

"I think this season we had a few really good games and a few really bad games," Froede said. "We were still able accomplished a lot regardless."

Connecting on the field was an issue for Miami against Kent State.

"We just didn't mesh well for whatever reason," Goldach said. "I think nerves may have played a huge part in it."

Goldach said RedHawks were more inconsistent than they hoped they would be.

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"We played really well at the beginning of the year against high ranked teams," Golach said. "It was hard to keep that going near the end of the season against teams that were not ranked."