Oct. 4, 2008
OXFORD, Ohio - In what truly was a fight to the finish, the Miami field hockey team lost a close home match to the Kent State Golden Flashes, 2-1, at the Miami Turf Field on Saturday morning.
The RedHawks are now 2-1 in the Mid American Conference and 7-3 overall.
"When we were down two goals and our backs were against the wall, I think we started to fight. Our team recognizes that we need to play that way for 70 minutes," said Miami head coach Jill Reeve.
The Flashes opened up the match with an unassisted goal by freshman forward Debbie Bell in the sixth minute. The goal makes for 12 on the season for the reigning Division I Player of the Week and only the 12th goal allowed this season by Miami keeper Abbey Huck.
Despite another three shots by Kent State and four by Miami, neither side was able to score throughout the rest of the first period. In the 49th minute the Flashes followed their earlier success with an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Rachel Miller. Miller now has six goals this season and is second on the team in scoring.
Miami responded with seven minutes left to play with a goal by junior midfielder Maggie Marcum for her fifth of the season. Mary Hulll assisted on Marcum's score. Despite several scoring chances, the RedHawks were unable to beat KSU's Caroline Suitch again.
"We played a pretty good game. Our communication was a little low, so we had some struggles, but in the last 15 minutes we played our hearts out but, we needed to do that the whole game," said Marcum.
"It was a really tough game," said back Danielle Gaynor. "We had them on their heels in the last 15 minutes of the game. Ohio is a really good team, so hopefully we can pick it up a lot earlier tomorrow."
"It was a rough game," said Huck. "But we came back strong after every goal. Kent State had some nice long balls to the corner and hard shots."
The RedHawks will be back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. as they take on conference-rival Ohio at the Miami Turf Field.