Field Hockey Weekly Release: Week 9

Updated 10/21/2008

-- The Ball State field hockey team wrapped up its last home game with an impressive win over Missouri State Sunday 6-2. It was a total team effort on Think Pink Weekend as six scorers attributed to the Cardinals’ second win of the season. The team faces Ohio and Kent State next weekend to begin a four-game road series.


-- Central Michigan junior back Tara Schiltz scored her first goal since October 14, 2007 by netting the game-winning tally against Ohio on Sunday. With the victory on Sunday, the Chippewas have won three of their last four conference matches, including wins over two of the top three teams in the MAC (Miami and Ohio). Junior goalkeeper Melinda Curran made two saves against the Bobcats to post her first career shutout.


-- Kent State’s freshman back Carla Johl was named Division I Rookie of the Week by last week. On Sunday, she scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 win at Michigan. The KSU defense recorded their fifth shutout of the season at Michigan, holding the Wolverines to just three shots, none of which were on goal. It was the Flashes' sixth straight victory and ended Michigan's eight-game series winning streak. Nicole Leach scored her eighth and ninth goals of the season at Central Michigan. Allison Kittelberger tallied her eighth and ninth assists of the year against the Chippewas.


-- The RedHawks have now scored eight goals in a game twice this season (Missouri State and Sacred Heart). Only five times in the 32 year history of the program has the team scored more goals in game, scoring nine against Cedarville in 1978, Dayton in 1983, Louisville in 1984, Indiana in 2000 and Missouri State in 2007. These two games are the only other times the RedHawks have reached the eight goal level. Miami now has 52 goals on the season, only five short of last year's total of 57, which was accomplished in 21 games.


-- Missouri State returns to Plaster field to host the last two weeks of conference, starting with Central Michigan for two games this coming weekend. Missouri State has made improvements in scoring, creating more opportunities for their forwards to take shots.


-- Ohio is 6-10 overall and 4-3 in the MAC. Their 2-1 double-overtime loss at No. 4 Michigan State Saturday marked the fourth-straight year the Bobcats have lost to the Spartans by one goal and second-straight in overtime. Ohio hosts its final home games of the season Saturday, Oct. 25 vs. Ball State and Sunday, Oct. 26 vs. Miami.