Field Hockey

    Weekend Preview: Field Hockey Travels to California for Two Games

    Go Hoosiers! Katie Kiper scored three goals for the Hoosiers in her sophomore season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Katie Kiper scored three goals for the Hoosiers in her sophomore season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 24, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers will open the 2007 season on Saturday when they take on the University of the Pacific on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Indiana will then come back and play Cal on Sunday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. PDT.

    Scouting Pacific
    The Tigers will be looking to improve upon their 2006 season that saw them post an 11-8 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the NorPac. They will also be looking to replace Vianney Campos, one of the best offensive players in the country a season ago. There are 15 freshmen or sophomores on the team for the Tigers this year, who will be looked upon to make an impact.

    The top two returning scorers from last year, Melody Demel and Katy McDonough, posted four goals and three assists in 2006. McDonough and senior Katie Fixen were also named to the All-NorPac second team for their play during the season.

    The Tigers have had a couple exhibition games so far this season already, one being against Cal, the Hoosiers opponent on Sunday. The Tigers defeated the Bears, 4-2, thanks to a pair of goals by Kedibone Leubane and lone goals from Erica Nestle and Sarah Miceli.

    Scouting Cal
    The Golden Bears return eight starters from last year's team that went 17-5 overall and 6-0 in the NorPac conference to capture the title. They finished the year ranked 12th in the STX/NFHCA poll after losing to Ohio State in the first round, 3-1.

    Goalkeeper Veronica Sykes returns for her junior campaign after allowing just 1.84 goals per game last season. Forward Ashley Glosz, who was second on the team with 13 goals last year, will lead the offense for the Bears. Junior Rachel Moffitt led the team with 14 assists last season will also be an impact player on the offensive end.

    Gone from last year's team is Valentina Godfrid, who scored 33 goals, with six being game-winnig goals, and assisted on seven others for a total of 73 points.

    The Golden Bears just missed out on being ranked in the top 20 of the 2007 STX/NFHCA Preseason Poll, coming in at No. 21.

     

     

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