Saturday's MAC Field Hockey Result
Miami 3, Central Michigan 0Game story courtesy of Miami Media Relations Department
Miami 3, Central Michigan 0
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami RedHawk field hockey team clinched a share of its first Mid-American Conference Championship since the current format began in 1984 with a 3-0 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday. The RedHawks finish the regular season at 13-6 overall and 8-2 in the MAC. The Chippewas are 4-13 overall and 2-7 in the MAC.
"It's been a long time coming," said head coach Jill Reeve. "It's been a wonderful journey and process and I think this team has something special."
Miami was on the attack throughout the first half, but Chippewa goalkeeper Anastasia Netto came up with several big saves. In one flurry in the 11th minute, Emily Gruesser and Jordan Long each had two shots on goal, but Netto came up with four saves. The half ended with the score tied 0-0, despite the RedHawks having an 11-3 shot advantage.
Mary Hull got the RedHawks on the board with a goal in the 43rd minute. Kate Snyder found her in the right corner by the goal and she stuffed it in. Two minutes later, Hull repaid the favor by finding Snyder in the center of the circle. Snyder then blasted it past Netto to make it 2-0. The senior Snyder completed the scoring on Senior Day in the 60th minute when she tipped in a pass from Long.
For the game Miami outshot CMU, 20-7. Gruesser led the RedHawks with five shots, four of which were on goal. Sarah Mueller only needed to make one save to earn her seventh shutout of the season.
The RedHawks will now await the result of Sunday's Kent State at Missouri State matchup to determine their tournament seeding. A win by the Golden Flashes will give them an 8-2 record and a share of the MAC title with Miami. Kent State would then become the number one seed due to tiebreakers. The tournament will be held next Thursday through Saturday at Central Michigan. The RedHawks have clinched a first round bye and will play their first game on Friday.