By: Alec Runyan
Ball State Sports Link
WHERE: Briner Sports Complex
WHEN: Sunday, September 26 1 p.m.
LISTEN: SL Digital @bsusportslink
The Ball State field hockey team is set for a busy weekend as they travel to Ohio University on Friday for a 3 p.m. start followed by an instate matchup with Big Ten rival Indiana at the Briner Sports Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Cardinals (3-5, 1-0 MAC) and Hoosiers (5-3, 0-1 Big Ten) will square off on ESPN+ for Sunday’s contest. Sports Link’s Andrew Willet and Hunter Ongay will be on the call with Faith Denig producing and Charlie Hammock directing.
Ball State will look to remain unbeaten in the MAC when they head to Athens on Friday after taking down Central Michigan 2-1 while Ohio looks to turn things around after dropping their MAC opener 3-2 to Kent State in a double overtime game.
The offensive attack for the Cardinals so far this year couldn’t be any more balanced with eight different players each scoring one goal so far.
Freshman forward Agostina Guidice has been very productive so far for Ball State with one goal and leading the team in assists (2), and shots on goal (9).
Ball State’s strength so far this season has been their defense however, allowing two goals or less in six out of eight games so far.
Time in the net has been split between Hannah Johnston and Aly Butler with Johnston starting six games and Butler getting the nod in two. Butler leads the team with 21 saves (1-1) including a shutout against St. Louis earlier this year while Johnston is just behind her with 20 saves of her own.
When Ball State face off with Indiana on Sunday it’ll be its fourth game against a Big Ten opponent and second time they’ll host. In the Cardinals season opener back in August, Ball State fell just short to Ohio State in a 1-0 overtime thriller at the Briner Sports Complex.
The Cardinals also look to end a four game losing streak to Indiana and get their sixth career win over the Hoosiers in doing so.
Be sure to tune in to ESPN+ to catch the action brought to you by Sports Link at 1 p.m. this Sunday, September 26.