After a well-fought weekend against ranked opponents, IU field hockey seeks to get back on the winning path.
IU plays its first home conference game against Rutgers on Friday and will travel to face Central Michigan on Sunday.
IU Coach Amanda Janney said the Hoosiers played fantastic hockey last weekend against Maryland and Delaware, but the team was not able to finish with victories.
She said the great thing about playing top-15 teams last weekend was the speed of play IU had to have, which pushed the team to raise its level of play. JA
Janney said she will seek to use the experience gained against last weekend’s opponents to acquire positive outcomes Friday and on Sunday.
“We really have to rebound from last weekend,” Janney said. “In terms of we are 0-1 in conference and we know we have to win games to make the postseason, so this Rutgers games is a huge game for us.”
Last season, the Hoosiers defeated the Scarlet Knights 2-0 at home in the final game of the regular season. Senior Kate Barber scored the second goal of the game. It was her eighth for the entire season.
This season, Barber has 12 goals and a seven-game goal streak since playing Ohio on Aug. 28. The defender will seek to keep her streak going against Rutgers and continue as the NCAA-leading scorer.
“She is just a team leader,” Janney said. “To see her recognized on the scoreboard is just great for her because I know how hard she works off the field and we are not too surprised because we see her score all this goals in practices.”
Alongside Baber is senior defender Mollie Getzfread, who recently said one of her goals for the season is to become the Big Ten champion. She will, though, fight to accomplish bigger things if possible.
Getzfread scored her first career goal two weeks ago against New Hampshire and will be one of the players to watch this weekend.
“She is just a really good mentor,” Janney said. “How she is just a really good communicator with her teammates in terms of she is so concerned of playing well, but she is also keeping her eye on freshman who might be struggling and helps them.”
The Hoosiers will need Getzfread’s and Barber’s senior leadership to have a successful split weekend. But, in the Chippewas Sunday, they do face a quad they've defeated the last six times they've played.
This is the third time IU goes on the road against a Mid-American Conference team. Earlier in the season, IU defeated Ohio 3-2 in overtime and scrimmaged Ball State.
The games will take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Bloomington and at noon Sunday in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.