Head Coach Jill Reeve Post Game Interview
Story Courtesy of Miami Media Relations
MUNCIE, Ind. - It was yet another big day for the RedHawks against the Missouri State Bears as the Miami field hockey team downed the No. 6 seed 9-1 in the opening round of the 2009 MAC Tournament at Ball State. The win ties the school record for most goals scored in a game, and allows the third-seeded RedHawks to advance to the semifinals against No. 2 seed Kent State.
The opening half started out much like that of the last match in which a hard fought battle was eventually won 2-1 by Miami. Just two minutes into play senior forward Mary Hull opened Miami's scoring efforts with a goal off of a penalty corner. The celebration was short, however, as Missouri State star Stephanie Chase responded for the Bears at 4:36 off of an assist by Melissa Lantz.
Tied at one a piece, the battle resumed again and the next 15 minutes found both teams unable to find the net. Junior forward Kate Snyder opened up the scoring again, and what would be a constant attack for Miami at 20:49 when she scored off of an assist from Amanda Seeley. This would not be Snyder's only goal, as she would strike again in the second half at 48:28.
Before the end of the first half, RedHawk goals came from Olivia Miller unassisted and Rachael Walz from Kate Snyder at 25:19 and 28:46, respectively. Walz became the second Miami player to score two goals in the match as she found the net again at 48:56, just thrity seconds after a goal by Snyder.
"It was interesting at first," said Head Coach Jill Reeve. "The first ten minutes was a sparring match, but then our attack opened up and I'm not sure how you could stop it."
Missouri State would fail to find an answer for the constant Miami attack, and before the half was over the RedHawks would record an additional five goals. Senior midfielder Maggie Marcum opened the second half of scoring for Miami with her unassisted goal at 41:32. After goals by Snyder and Walz, Brittany Branco scored at 52:17 off a penalty stroke, followed by an unassisted goal at 60:27 by Jackie Nguyen.
Advancing to the semifinals, Miami will take on Kent State tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Ball State in Muncie, Ind. The Golden Flashes received a bye for the first round and will open their tournament play tomorrow. During the regular season, Miami and Kent State split the series, with Miami winning the most recent contest 2-1.
"Today allowed us to exercise our pre-tournament nerves that everyone gets," said Reeve. "We bolstered our attack and finish that has been missing the past few games. Tomorrow we're going to have to play all-out and make sure that we finish what we start."