Field Hockey

    Weekend Preview: Hoosier Hit the Road for Big Ten Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Katie Kiper and the Hoosier travel to Ohio State this weekend to open the Big Ten season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Katie Kiper and the Hoosier travel to Ohio State this weekend to open the Big Ten season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 20, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana field hockey team will look to get back in the win column this weekend on its trip to Columbus, Ohio to open Big Ten play. The Hoosiers will tangle with Ohio State at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon and then take on Missouri State on Saturday at noon. The time for Saturday's game has been changed from the originally schedule 2 p.m. due to the football game in Columbus.

    After dropping its first five Big Ten Openers, Indiana has won its last two.

    Indiana is coming off a tough weekend that saw the Hoosiers score just one goal in two games against Ohio and Wake Forest. Ohio pulled out a last-minute win over the Hoosiers, scoring with 1:11 left in the game. The Hoosiers came back the next day against No. 5 Wake Forest and put up a very good fight. The Demon Deacons got on the board first, but IU responded less than two minutes later to even the score at 1-1. But Wake Forest came back with the game-winner two minutes later and held on for the 2-1 win.

    Ohio State is 3-6 on the season, going 1-4 over the last 5 games. They are coming off of a 2-1 loss to at Ball State on Tuesday. They are led in scoring by two-time All-American Yesenia Luces, who has 15 points and six goals. Third team All-American Linda Haussener has 13 points with five goals. The two have combined for 11 of the Buckeyes 19 goals.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Quintillani is 2-4 with a 3.06 goals-against-average and a .545 save percentage. Redshirt-freshman Ali Ristas is 1-1 with a 1.18 GAA and a .769 save percentage.

    Indiana has defeated the Buckeyes in five on their nine meetings.

    Missouri State enters the weekend with a 1-7 record so far this season and are coming off its first win of the season, a 1-0 win over Robert Morris at home. Junior midfielder Amanda Miyashita scored at 22:10 off of a pass from freshman Jennifer Portell for her third goal of the season.

    Senior goalkeeper and All-MAC selection Kim Kinsella has 79 saves on the season. The leading returning scorer from last season is senior midfielder Melissa Millin who had 6 goals and 14 points. Junior midfielder Amanda Miyashita has three goals on the season.



    Indiana holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Bears, having won three straight after losing the first meeting between the two schools.


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