“This was a big win for our team to keep building our momentum,” said head coach Iñako Puzo. “We had a step back last weekend and it was important to get over it quickly. Kent State fought hard like they always do. You know they are going to come here and that this is going to be a tough game.”
Miami controlled play throughout the first half, outshooting the Golden Flashes, 11-3. Despite that it was KSU that struck first. In the 26th minute, Rebecca Lee sent a centering pass into the circle. She missed her target, but the ball struck a RedHawk defender and careened into the net. It was scored as an own goal and gave the Golden Flashes a 1-0 lead. The advantage would not last long as five minutes later Olivia Miller would bring the ball into the circle and send a perfect pass to the center of the circle where Emily Gruesser was waiting. Her strike would find the back of the net and send the game into the half tied at one.
The RedHawks would continue to keep up the pressure in the second half. In the 44th minute Alyssa Logan got the ball around midfield and was able to get passed her defender to create a long breakaway. She took the ball all the way to the right corner of the circle, where she then passed it to Neira on the left side for an easy tap-in goal to put Miami in front, 2-1.
About eight minutes later, the RedHawks would make it 3-1 with another nice offensive play. This time Leni Gross would find Bea Dechant in the center of the circle with her hard shot beating the Kent State goalkeeper to her left. The Golden Flashes would press to get back into the game, and Neira took advantage stealing the ball and plugging it in from the left side of the circle to complete Miami’s scoring in the 69th minute.
The RedHawks outshot Kent State, 18-8, for the game. Sarah Mueller came up big in goal for Miami; she made five saves, including a kick save off a penalty corner. The Red and White had an 8-4 advantage in penalty corners. Neira and Dechant each had five shots for Miami.
The RedHawks return to non-conference action on Sunday when they host Indiana at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access.
Ohio 7, Ball State 0
ATHENS, Ohio - Cathryn Altdoerffer scored her first two goals of the season and added two assists, Riley Higgins scored the first goal of her career and Head Coach Neil Macmillan won his 100th game as Ohio trounced Ball State this afternoon, 7-0.
"Just a fantastic team effort today, moving the ball well and getting so many people on the scoresheet," Macmillan said. "We were extremely efficient in our execution on corners and on the other side, our defense limited their opportunities. We said at half we wanted to keep the pressure on them and we held them without a shot over the final 35 minutes."
The Bobcats moved to 7-5 on the season as they won their first Mid-American Conference game of 2012. Macmillan, a three-time MAC coach of the Year, has led Ohio to a league title four of the last six seasons and has not hit the century mark for wins.
For Altdoerffer, she matched her personal bests for points in a single game with six. Surprisingly, the other two contests where she scored six points were both home games against Ball State in 2010 and 2011.
Ohio was the better team from the get-go, racking up 26 shots and 16 penalty corners against a Cardinal team that was coming off a victory over Indiana. Brittany Walker earned her third shutout of the season, most among MAC goalkeepers.
Jessica Vaeth got Ohio on the board in the seventh minute with her first goal of the season. Off a corner, Laura Mastro took the initial shot but a scrum ensued in front of the BSU goal. Vaeth poked it home for a 1-0 Ohio lead.
Five minutes later, the 'Cats doubled their advantage off a second corner. Jessica Jue sent the pass in toward Mastro, who then left it off for Taylor Brown. The two-time First Team All-MAC choice smashed a shot that found the back of the cage. It was the senior's seventh goal this season and she leads the team with 22 points.
Luli Gomez Teruel got back on the scoresheet in the 15th minute. Her seventh goal of the season, tied for the team lead with Brown, made it 3-0 Ohio. Coming into the game, the junior ranked second in the MAC in goals and third in points. Brown notched an assist on the conversion, giving her three in the last two games.
Altdoerffer picked up her assists on the last goal of the first half and first goal of the second half. The senior got on the score sheet when she set up Ashley Cureton, who deflected home a try for her third goal of the campaign. Altdoerffer then created a chance for Higgins', who scored her first goal as a Bobcat. The junior deflected a try through the BSU goalkeeper's legs for a 5-0 cushion.
The final two goals were mirror images of each other, albeit the players setting up the chances. Jue and Mastro orchestrated the first Altdoerffer goal from the top of the "D" and Higgins returned the favor from earlier, by helping on the seventh goal of the day, along with Lauryl Desch.
Ohio is back on the pitch tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. when it closes non-conference play with No. 10 Michigan State. The game against the Spartans will feature a pink t-shirt giveaway in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Central Michigan 4, Missouri State 0
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Sophomore defender Jordyn Brengosz scored her first career goal and tallied an assist in a four-goal, 15-minute offensive explosion, as the Central Michigan field hockey team emphatically handed Missouri State its first Mid-American Conference loss of the season in a 4-0 rout Saturday afternoon, giving CMU a share of the conference lead.
The Chippewas (6-6, 2-1 MAC) took 14 shots on goal and allowed just three to the Bears (4-7, 2-1 MAC) en route to their third consecutive win and their second shutout of the season. The Chippewas have scored 11 goals in their last three matches, while allowing just four.
Junior forward Bailey McKeon, sophomore midfielder Mary Alice Moore, Brengosz and senior midfielder Erin Dye each scored goals during a 15-minute span from the 53rd minute to the 67th minute.
McKeon began the offensive outburst in the 53rd minute with a shot right in front of the cage from a cross through the circle from junior midfielder Erica Garwood. The goal is McKeon’s fifth of the season, tying her career-high for a single season from 2011.
Moore kept the momentum going in the 58th minute with a goal off a rebound to give the Chippewas a 2-0 lead. The goal is her third of the season, setting a new career-high for a single season.
Brengosz found the back of the cage off a penalty corner in the 62nd minute for her first career goal.
Dye capped the scoring with her eighth goal of the season off a penalty corner, assisted by Brengosz.
McKeon led the way with four shots on goal, while Dye took three. Senior goalkeeper Anastasia Netto made three saves in the shutout.
The Chippewas travel to Evanston, Ill., this coming weekend for a pair of Big Ten showdowns with Indiana and Northwestern.