Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Saturday's Field Hockey Results - 10/20
Iowa 3, Kent State 1
Miami 7, Ball State 1
Iowa 3, Kent State 1
Iowa City, Iowa -- Kent State (7-12; 3-1 MAC) was unable to deliver an upset today in their non-conference finale, falling to No. 12 Iowa (11-4; 3-1 Big Ten) in a 3-1 final. The game was the Golden Flashes seventh against a ranked opponent this year and left the team with a 4-11 non-conference record on the season.
The game got off to a slow start as neither side was able to gain much ground in the first ten minutes of play. However, Kent State's sophomore Hannah Faulkner (Edwardsville, Il.) continued her hot streak from the day before, when she took a deflected ball off of a penalty corner and put it into the goal to give the Golden Flashes the early lead, 1-0, in the 11th minute. It was her sixth goal of the season.
From there the defense settled in, not allowing the Hawkeyes to capitalize on any chances they had. This defensive stand lasted into the 33rd minute of the game, when Iowa's Natalie Cafone was able to score on a ball delivered five feet from the goal. The match was once again even, 1-1, as the horn sounded for halftime.
Iowa came out swinging in the second half, shooting seven times in the first seven minutes of the half. The Golden Flashes defense responded well, as they blocked or saved every ball that came their way. Not discouraged by their lack of success in breaking the tie, the Hawkeyes never relented, eventually finding a way to slip another past sophomore Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.) to gain the advantage 2-1. Kent State's offensive attack was never able to recover after that, failing to record a shot the rest of the way.
Despite their best efforts, the Golden Flashes defense surrendered one more goal to Iowa, a cross delivered into the circle that was then put in the back of the net by Iowa's Kelsey Mitchell, her second goal of the day. The score went to 3-1 and the match finished that way, with Kent State unable to replicate their competitive first half performance.
Kent State is set to play at Central Michigan on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. The match will be the last game of the regular season for the Golden Flashes and the outcome will directly effect seeding for the MAC Tournament.
Miami 7, Ball State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - Facing a must-win situation, the Miami University field hockey team delivered a determined performance in a 7-1 victory over Ball State on Saturday. With the victory, the RedHawks clinched a spot in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament that they will host, Nov. 2-3. Miami improves to 9-8 on the season and 3-1 in the MAC. The Cardinals fall to 3-13 overall and 0-5 in the MAC.
The RedHawks took the action to the Ball State side of the field from the opening whistle. Earning a penalty corner less than a minute into the match, Olivia Miller took two shots that were both saved by the Cardinals' keeper. The second rebound came right to Alyssa Logan, who put it in to get Miami on the board. Less than a minute later, Valentina Neira would score on a shot from five yards out to give the RedHawks a 2-0 lead only 2:10 into the contest.
A penalty corner in the 12th minute would lead to Ali Froede making it 3-0 off a pass from Leni Gross. On the ensuing restart, the RedHawks would quickly earn another penalty corner which resulted in Angela Amon scoring to make it 4-0. Miami would continue to pepper the Cardinals with shots, but they made seven saves before Emily Gruesser scored seventh of the season in the 32nd minute to send the 'Hawks into the break in front, 5-0.
Miami recorded 21 shots in the first half and earned a total of 10 penalty corners.
The RedHawks continued to attack in the second half, finally breaking through in the 58th minute. Logan took a shot that was saved, but the rebound came right back to her. She then plugged it into the empty net for her second goal of the game and fifth goal in her past two games. Ball State would get on the board in the 63rd minute, but Miami would respond with its final goal 42 seconds later when Bea Dechant scored from five yards out to make it 7-1.
The RedHawks outshot the Cardinals, 34-7 for the game. The 34 shots are the most in a game for Miami in at least the past six seasons. Neira led the 'Hawks with seven shots, while Sarah Mueller made four saves in goal. The Red and White had a 14-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Miami continues on the road when it plays its final non-conference game of the season Sunday when it travels to 15th-ranked Michigan for a 1 p.m. contest.