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Miami Field Hockey splits over Weekend

<p>Sophomore striker Claudia Negrete Garcia celebrates a goal in Miami&#x27;s Sept. 4 3-1 win vs. Rider University.</p>

Sophomore striker Claudia Negrete Garcia celebrates a goal in Miami's Sept. 4 3-1 win vs. Rider University.

After being nationally ranked to start the season, Miami University field hockey is now 2-5 after winning one of two games this weekend in Virginia.

Friday, the RedHawks lost to No. 11 Virginia, 2-0, and Sunday the team shut out Richmond, winning 3-0.

Friday’s game was scoreless through most of the first half. Early in the second quarter, sophomore standout Claudia Negrete Garcia nearly put Miami ahead when she fired a ball off the goalpost. 

But it would be Virginia who scored first, when freshman striker Taryn Tkachuk put home a penalty stroke opportunity. 

With less than a minute left in the third quarter, Virginia found some insurance. Senior striker Peyton Tollaksen deflected a high cross into the Miami net to make the score 2-0.

Miami came out fast on Sunday. The RedHawks took an early lead when senior forward Taylor Curran put home a rebound late in the first quarter. 

The score would stay 1-0 until the third quarter when Miami scored twice in four minutes. First, senior midfielder Lexie Nugent deflected home a drive from senior midfielder Morgan Sturm. Just under four minutes later, Garcia sent a backhand shot into the net. 

Next, Miami travels to North Carolina for two games. The team plays Appalachian State Friday at 3 p.m., then travels to Chapel Hill to face off against No.4 North Carolina Sunday at noon.


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