FIELD HOCKEY: Cardinals start season 2-0
The Ball State field hockey team has begun its 2014 season with wins over Davidson and Appalachian State.
“The team fought hard for the entire 70 minutes and were consistent with their effort all weekend,” head coach Beth Maddox said after Monday's 4-1 victory over Appalachian State.
After opening the season by beating Davidson 4-1 on Sunday, the Cardinals had less than 24 hours to prepare for their match with the Mountaineers, but Maddox's squad played at a high level
“Energy level was great all weekend," Maddox said. "Even though they had less than 24 hours to recover from Sundays win, they still found a way to work together and get the job done."
Sophomore Lexi Kavanaugh and junior Bethany Han scored two goals a piece for Ball State over the extended weekend.
Senior Tori Widrick, junior Bianca Velez and sophomores Colleen McGlynn and Merinda Morley also contributed to the combined eight goals.
The team’s offense weren’t the only one’s who showed up this weekend, the defense limited their opponents to one goal.
Junior Shelby Henley had an outstanding opening weekend, earning a save percentage of .750 against Davidson followed by a .857 against Appalachian State, making nine saves total.
The team energy and confidence is up as they now set their eyes on their next oppenents.
“We are taking the season one game at a time and the focus this week will be for Colgate and then Syracuse,” Maddox said, “We will continue to work on the little things. This was a great start but still have a lot of work to do.”
The girl’s travel next to Hamilton, New York to take on Colgate on Saturday at 2 p.m.