Monday's MAC Field Hockey Result
Miami 4, UC Davis 2Game story courtesy of Miami Media Relations Department
Miami 4, UC Davis 2
BERKELEY, Calif. - The RedHawks completed a perfect California trip on Monday with a 4-2 victory over UC Davis. For the third consecutive game, Jackie Nguyen led Miami with two goals. The RedHawks improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 1998 campaign, while the Aggies fall to 0-1.
Nguyen put Miami ahead early with her two scores. The first came in the fourth minute off a penalty corner. Kate Snyder sent the pass in, while Amanda Seeley settled it down for her to take the shot. A little over four minutes later, Nguyen made it 2-0 when she beat the goalie off a deflection. UC Davis scored just before halftime to cut the lead to 2-1 going into the break.
"Our first half was too soft and conservative," said head coach Jill Reeve. "But you have to give credit to UC Davis for that. They came out aggressive and put us on our heels."
The score remained that way until the 56th
minute, when the Aggies scored once again to tie the game at two. However it would not remain that way for long as 42 seconds later Snyder took an Emily Gruesser pass on the right flank and put the ball into the right corner of the net.
Miami continued a very aggressive attack in the second half when in the 63rd
minute Mary Hull took a Christine Brightwell pass and put in her third goal of the season. The RedHawks outshot UC Davis 17-2 during that period and 21-4 for the game.
"The second half of the game we responded well and started playing more for each other," said Reeve. "It really changed the complexity of the game."
Nguyen led Miami with five shots, including three on goal. Snyder had four shots, all on goal. Freshman Sarah Mueller picked up her third consecutive win in goal to start her collegiate career.
"Jackie's had a great start to this season with her six goals," said Reeve. "Her corners have been amazing. She has been rifling the ball on net and so far it has been very difficult to stop."
Miami returns to action next weekend with two games in Iowa City, Iowa. The RedHawks will take on Brown in a neutral site game on Saturday at 2 p.m. (EDT). They will then matchup against the host Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday at 2 p.m. (EDT).