Ball State field hockey prepare to take on Saint Louis Sept. 17 at Briner Sports Complex. The Cardinals won 2-1 against the Bilikens. Sami Farmer, DN

Cardinals continue to win with their fifth straight win over Lindenwood

In the first, penalties were the word of the game for the quarter, as Ball State was able to capitalize on four penalty corners and a penalty stroke late in the quarter. The Cardinals capitalized on the penalty stroke with senior defender Micheala Graney, as she put in her third goal in four games and her career-high fourth goal of the season to put the Cardinals on top early. Ball State is currently 4-1 when getting on the scoreboard first.

The Ball State field hockey team celebrates scoring a goal Sept. 3 in a game against Lehigh at Briner Sports Complex. Ball State lost to Lehigh 1-3. Amber Pietz, DN

Ball State earns first win in conference play against Ohio with a Knopert overtime winner

“It was a tough game,” head coach Caitlin Walsh said. “I am sure it was fun to watch… but it was gritty… and the match was a little frustrating to watch knowing that we were in the driver’s seat. I think we gave up too much defensively so we definitely have things we need to work on but for them to come out and bounce back after going to overtime…It shows the kind of team that we are and we never stop fighting.”

Ball State Field Hockey Head Coach Cailtin Walsh coaches the team from the sidelines in a game against Lehigh Sept. 3 at Briner Sports Complex. Amber Pietz, DN

Play fast, play forward, play together

“I think just understanding the team better (on what she learned in her first year), I think now knowing our vision, our goals and kind of where we want this program to go,” Walsh said. “I think the team is on board with it. Having that experience and being able to take it to that next level.”

Junior forward/midfielder Rachel Bohn hits the ball towards an awaiting teammate in Ball State's Field Hockey match against Saint Francis University Aug. 26 at Briner Sports Complex. The Cardinals won 2-1 over Saint Francis in their season opener. Eli Houser, DN

Ball State splits games in road trip to Michigan

Multiple Cardinals, especially freshman and sophomores, made new appearances during the road trip to the mitten state. Mainly first-year forward/midfielder Maddie Summit, first-year midfielder Emma Van Hal and first-year forward Christine Ditizio. They each averaged about 15 minutes of playing time. 

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