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Bridget Donovan
Bridget Donovan scored two goals and added an assist in the Mountaineers win.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Field Hockey Falls to Miami (Ohio)

Bridget Donovan notched the first goal of her sophomore season in the fourth quarter on Friday, but the App State Mountaineers (5-3, 1-1 MAC) fell 4-1 to the Miami RedHawks (6-3, 2-0 MAC) on Friday at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field.

The Mountaineer defense held the RedHawks to just 10 shots in the contest, with fifth-year goalkeeper Addie Clark saving four of those. Clark posted another shutout quarter in the game but would see her streak of consecutive games holding the opposition below three goals come to an end.

Bridget Donovan became the 10th Mountaineer to score a goal this season, scoring off a stroke in the fourth quarter. With Donovan’s goal, 14 Mountaineers have recorded a point this season. The Black & Gold lead the MAC Conference in points with 48.

Addie Clark’s four saves in Friday’s contest gives her 25 saves for the season and 230 for her career.

Miami started the scoring in today’s contest, drawing the game’s first penalty corner in the fifth minute of play. Paula Peña Martinez would record her third goal of the year off the corner.

The Mountaineers came out aggressive early in the game, drawing two corners and firing two shots. Charlotte Bosma and Noa Ginjaume Matas each attempted a shot in the first 15 minutes, with each shot missing the goal.

Miami would add another score in the ninth minute of play after drawing a penalty stroke. Claudia Negrete Garcia was able to shoot the ball past Addie Clark and the RedHawks took a 2-0 lead after the first quarter.

The Mountaineer defense turned up the pressure in the second quarter and held the RedHawks scoreless in the period. Miami drew just one corner opportunity in the period, with Addie Clark picking up her first of four saves on the day on a Negrete Garcia shot attempt.

App State maintained control of the ball for most of the second period but were unable to capitalize on any scoring chances. Miami would take a 2-0 lead into the half.

App State came out of halftime ready to break the Miami defense and generate scoring opportunities. Just three minutes into the period, the Mountaineers drew their third corner of the game, giving them a great chance to score. Charlotte Bosma would take her second shot off the insert but would fire it high.

Later in the period, the RedHawks would force a turnover deep on the Mountaineers’ side of the field and Reese Wearren was able to fight her way past the App State defenders and score an unassisted goal to make it 3-0 Miami.

Addie Clark and the defense held out the rest of the period, stopping two more RedHawk shots and keeping the Miami lead to three. Addie Clark picked up her second save of the day on a shot attempt by Carlie Servis. Miami would lead 3-0 after 45 minutes of play.

The Mountaineers played very well in the final 15 minutes of play, outshooting Miami 4-3 and drawing two penalty corners to Miami’s zero.

The Mountaineers were able to break through on the scoreboard with Bridget Donovan’s goal with five minutes to play. The goal was Donovan’s first of the season and sixth of her career. 10 Mountaineers have now found the back of the cage after Donovan’s score.

Addie Clark picked up two more saves in the fourth period to give her four on the day, but Miami was able to tally another score in the fourth to give them their fourth and final score of the contest. App State drew more penalty corners than the RedHawks on the day but couldn’t execute effectively and fell for the first time in the MAC this season.

“They were able to execute today, and we weren’t,” head coach Emily Dinsmore said. “But I thought there was a lot of good moments where we built possession and got the ball into the attacking 25, but at the end of the day it comes down to being able to execute.”

App State will take a break from conference play and travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday. First touch from Karen Shelton Stadium is set for noon and can be streamed on the ACC Network Extra.