Sept. 13, 2008
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - With a 20-11 advantage in shots and an 11-2 edge in penalty corners, the Miami University field hockey team downed Colgate University, 1-0, in a neutral site game in Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Saturday afternoon.
The game's lone goal came from RedHawk senior back Danielle Gaynor who scored her third goal of the season off of a penalty corner in the 22nd minute with an assist from fellow senior co-captain Elizabeth Gilroy.
Miami head coach Jill Reeve commented on the pace of play and the challenges that Colgate presented to the Red and White.
"It was a tough game. It poured rain the whole time, from warm-ups until the end of the game. I am proud of our team for playing a steady 70 minutes. We played well under the pressure that Colgate put us under."
Freshman goalkeeper Abbey Huck earned her third shutout of her young career by stopping six Red Raider shots.
"Huck made some outstanding saves in flurries," Reeve continued.
In holding Colgate to 11 shots in the game and just four in the second half, the RedHawks had several individuals contribute to the defensive effort, but one stood out in particular to Reeve.
"Katie Brightwell was a stud defensively, coming up with big tackles and stopping plays," said the fifth-year Miami mentor. "She also did a lot of attacking play out of the backfield with good outlet setting."
Brightwell put four shots on goal, while Courtney Fretz led the way with six. Gaynor ended with three shots on goal.
Miami is now 5-1 on the season and received votes in the national coaches poll last week. The RedHawks have outscored their opponents 23-5 through six games, hold a 107-to-49 advantage in shots, and have earned 54 penalty corners to the opposition's 20.
"It was a nice successful weekend. I am proud of our team and look forward to next weekend," Reeve concluded.
The RedHawks will continue their season next weekend when they host the Miami September Showcase at the Miami Turf Field in Oxford.
Indiana, Pacific and No. 10 Michigan State will participate in the showcase with Indiana and Pacific playing at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The hosts will face Michigan State at 3 p.m. on Friday, while The Spartans will play Pacific on Saturday at 1 p.m. The RedHawks will wrap up the classic on Sunday with a noon game against Pacific.