Sept. 18, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - UC Davis outshot host Miami (Ohio) 23-18 in their nonconference women's field hockey game on Sunday morning but the Redhawks were able to score twice in the first half and once more in the second for a 3-0 victory.
The Aggies fell to 2-5 with the loss while concluding a three-game roadtrip to Miami which also included tough defeats to Indiana (4-1) and William and Mary (3-1). The Redhawks, who had three different players score their goals, improved to 2-6.
UC Davis had more shots than Miami in each half, posting 12 over the first 35 minutes, and fired 11 shots in the final 35. However, Sarah Mueller was tough in goal for the Redhawks, posting nine saves during the game. Conley Craven stopped six shots for the Aggies.
UC Davis put its offense into motion early in the game, taking three shots in the opening 75 seconds but couldn't get another one for the next 15 minutes. The game was scoreless for the first 25 minutes before Amanda Seeley took a pass on the left side from Emily Gruesser and scored for a 1-0 Miami lead.
The Aggies took the game's next five shots but three of them were saved by Mueller. The Redhawks went without a shot after their goal for more than nine minutes but picked up a key score with 13 seconds left in the half off a shot from the top of the circle by Olivia Miller. Brittany Branco earned the assist.
UC Davis continued to get shots in the first minutes after intermission, collecting five of the first six taken by both teams but were unable to push anything into the cage. It remained a two-goal game before Gruesser took a pass from Gabby Goldach and scored on a breakaway with just two minutes remaining.
UC Davis will return to NorPac Conference action on Sept. 25 when it takes on No. 9 Stanford at 1 p.m. at Aggie Stadium. The Aggies are 1-0 in NorPac action and 1-0 at home after opening the season on Aug. 25 with a win over Pacific.