Hoosiers Move Closer to Regular Season with Scrimmage at Ball State
Aug. 18, 2007
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Indiana field hockey team got its first taste of game action on Saturday, August 18, as they traveled to Muncie, Indiana for a scrimmage with the Ball State Cardinals. Although the score was not the main focus of the scrimmage, the Hoosiers did come away on top, 5-3.
The teams played three 20-minute periods as opposed to the regular two 35-minute halves.
"I was really excited with how we finished around the goal," head coach Amy Robertson said. "We were able to create opportunities and finish when we had the chance."
Senior forward Kate O'Connell paced the offense with two goals while her sister, Meg, added another. A pair of freshmen also got into the act for the Hoosiers, with Katie Griswold and Kelsey Kiper each scoring a goal.
Robertson was very pleased to see the younger players stepping in and making an impact.
"Katie Griswold was very composed with the ball today," Robertson said. "Her touches really helped our attack because she was dangerous with the ball. And Kelsey Kiper really used her speed well today in coming back to help out the defense. It was just good to see the younger players play well."
"It was a scrimmage," Robertson continued. "So you are not going to see the best hockey because of all the long practices we have had over the past week. We started off slow but were able to make some changes and got back in it. But we needed to learn what decisions we were going to make in game situations when we are tired."
The Hoosiers will open the regular season against Pacific on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley on August 25 at 4 p.m. EDT.
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