Field hockey team to play two home games this weekend

After winning at home against Northwestern on Wednesday, the field hockey team will try to carry that momentum into two home games this weekend.

The Cardinals start the weekend Saturday when they play Indiana for the second time in two weeks. The team beat IU 3-0 in Bloomington Sept. 6. The Cardinals and Hoosiers will play again Sunday against St. Louis.

Even though the team has already faced IU this season, head coach Jen Halliday expects the Hoosiers to be a different team the second time around.

"IU is young and grows everyday they put a stick in their hands," Halliday said. "Plus they've already had a great scouting opportunity in playing us already."

Halliday said that playing Northwestern was good preparation for the IU game because the teams are similar. She expects more speed and more individual effort from the Hoosiers, though.

On Sunday, the Cardinals will face St. Louis who, Halliday said, plays a different style game than any other team they've faced.

"St. Louis is real physical," Halliday said. "It could be a scrappy game."

Halliday doesn't see this as a problem, though, because she said her team can be physical as well.

"We're deceptively physical," Halliday said. "A lot of people don't realize how physical field hockey is. We're not a retaliatory team, but we can hold our ground."

This weekend Halliday wants the Cardinals to lower their turnovers, something the team had problems with against Northwestern. She said this is especially key since IU will have a more active defense than the Wildcats.

Halliday said a main reason for the high turnovers was poor passing.

"We didn't have good passes against Northwestern and we weren't receiving (passes) well," Halliday said.

One thing Halliday doesn't want to do this weekend or all season long is focus on the opponent and change their game accordingly.

"If we go out and play our game, we should be good," Halliday said. "We want to let them adjust to us."


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