Field Hockey Continues Big Ten Action at No. 22 Michigan State
Sept. 26, 2012
Sept. 19, 2012
The Indiana field hockey team will look to bounce back from its conference opening loss at No. 6 Penn State last weekend when they travel to East Lansing, Mich. to take on the No. 22-ranked Spartans of Michigan State (5-5, 0-1 BigTen) this Friday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. EST. The Hoosiers are 2-14 in the all-time series; however, Indiana was victorious in their previous meeting on Oct. 9, 2011, outscoring the Spartans 4-2 at the IU Field Hockey Complex.
A LOOK AT THE CARDINALS
IU will make a trip to Muncie, Ind. for its 13th meeting with Ball State (2-7, 0-1 MAC) on Sept. 30. The Hoosiers have maintained an 8-4 record against their in-state opponent and have taken the past seven out of eight meetings. The two squads previously met on Sept. 3, 2011 when Indiana took a 4-0 win in Bloomington.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
This weekend's road trip will feature the third and fourth consecutive away games for the Hoosiers. Through the first two games on the road, IU has traveled nearly 1,095 miles and will reach near 1,800 miles of travel at the conclusing of this weekend's action--roughly the equivelant distance of taking a roadtrip from Bloomington, Ind. to Tucson, Ariz.
The Hoosiers endured three consecutive overtime contests between Sept. 7-15 in their games with Louisville, Ohio and California at the IU Field Hockey Complex.
Against the Cardinals, IU faced a 2-1 deficit heading into the 62nd minute, but Nicole Volgraf was able to score on a breakaway pass from Mariella Grote to push the game into overtime. Indiana would not wait long to tally the game-winner, as Morgan Fleetwood found the back of the cage on a corner from Audra Heilman to run away with their Hoosiers fourth-straight victory.
On Sunday, IU played a closely contested battle with the visiting Ohio Bobcats. The game carried on through two overtimes and was eventually decided by a best-of-five shootout. The Bobcats took the shootout, 3-2, and earned the 2-1 win in Bloomington. Audra Heilman was the lone Hoosier to score in the setback, while Hannah Boyer earned her first assist of the season.
IU bounced back in a huge way against visiting No. 22 California on Sept. 15. The Hoosiers outmatched the Golden Bears 6-5 in a game-decisive shootout to push IU past Cal, 2-1.
CLIMBING THE RANKS
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