The Indiana field hockey team opened its season with the Hoosier Invitational, hosting Kent State University on Friday and No. 6-ranked Liberty University on Saturday at the IU Field Hockey Complex. The Hoosiers lost 0-1 to the Flashes in overtime and 0-2 to the Eagles.
Despite losing the first match, Indiana bested Kent State 14-6 in total shots taken. The Hoosiers were led by sophomore Yip van Wonderen, who took four shots all on goal. During her freshman season, van Wonderen scored nine points, handed out five assists and started all 20 games for the Hoosiers.
Six of the Hoosiers’ other shots came from freshman Jule Hufer and junior Jemima Cookson, who had three each. All three of Hufer’s shot attempts were on goal.
The game was tied at 0-0 for four quarters, despite a late surge by Indiana towards the end of regulation. The Hoosiers had two corner opportunities and three shot attempts in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Kent State was able to take the game when Flash freshman Maia Sarrabayrouse scored the game-winning goal in the first period of overtime and 67th minute overall.
Indiana’s second game of the weekend saw a matchup with No. 6 Liberty in which the Eagles only scored two goals. In Liberty’s contest with Kent State, the Eagles bested the Flashes 9-0.
Liberty senior Daniella Rhodes scored both of her team’s goals, but the Hoosiers were able to contain the Eagles’ early offensive attack otherwise.
Liberty got merely one shot off in the first half of the game, but its offense erupted in the final 30 minutes, leading to a win for the Eagles.
Indiana allowed its opponent six and seven shots in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, while also drawing six total penalties in the second half. Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Arabella Loveridge made seven saves, but nine Liberty shots-on-goal were too much for Indiana to keep quiet.
The Hoosiers will travel west to California for a weekend slate against Stanford University, the University of California, Berkley and the University of California, Davis starting this Friday.