Sept. 13, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite a career-high 11-save performance by sophomore goalkeeper Megan Stengel (Louisville, Ky.), the Miami University field hockey was unable to find the back of the cage and dropped a 6-0 decision to Ohio State on Wednesday. The Buckeyes (5-0) scored three times in each half and outshot the RedHawks (3-5) 20-6 in the contest.
Ohio State opened the scoring at the 7:21 mark of the first half on an unassisted goal by Michaela O'Malley and doubled its lead in the game's 12th minute on a goal by Linda Haussener. Yesenia Luces closed the scoring in the first half as her goal gave the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead at the 27:38 mark.
Miami was outshot 14-2 in the first half and trailed 9-1 in penalty corners.
The Buckeyes continued the offensive pressure in the second half, making it 4-0 just 1:37 into the half with Haussener's second goal of the game. Emily Mikac scored OSU's fifth goal just over 10 minutes later before Luces found the back of the cage for the second time in the game's 60th minute to close the scoring.
For the game, Ohio State held a 12-3 edge in penalty corners.
Miami returns to action on Sept. 22 when it opens Mid-American Conference play at Kent State University. The RedHawks are the preseason favorite to win the league title after finding themselves at the top of a preseason poll of the league's head coaches. Miami finished third in the MAC last season and advanced to the final game of the conference tournament.