Field hockey welcomes Miami for the final weekend of the 2020-21 season

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State field hockey program will provide another opportunity to demonstrate the progress it has made over the year as it welcomed No. 7 Miami to the Briner Sports Complex for a few games to wrap up regular season 2020-21. The teams should play both on Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m.

The two-game streak will be a great test for the Cardinals, who start their final weekend of play with a 6-8 total record, including a 4-6 mark in the Mid-American Conference game. That’s because the RedHawks are 11-1 (8-0 MAC) and won their fourth straight season MAC championship last week, two home wins against Appalachian State.

This won’t be the first meeting between the two clubs this year, however, as Ball State and Miami opened the season with a no-conference showdown at the Miami Field Hockey Complex on March 2nd.

While the Cardinals lost the competition 2-1 to Miami in the final seconds of regulation, it was a great fight against the RedHawks, who only scored five goals in the conference game. In fact, Miami has only played two one-goal games in MAC action this season.

Ball State will be looking to add an emotional boost to the competition on Friday as it pays tribute to its pre-game pre-game tribute to its six-member 2020-21 season class member. Ball State’s senior class includes: goalkeeper Grace Chavez (Norfolk, Va./Matthew Fontaine), forward Abby Ferenczy (Williamsville, NY / South), forward Sierra Jefferson (Bethlehem, Penn./Arthur L Johnson), midfielder Jenna McKune (Louisville , Ky./Assumption), Defense Attorney Rachel Pereira (Howick, South Africa, St. Anne’s Diocean College) and Defense Attorney Audrey Tabor (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy).

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting health counseling department, the Ball State field hockey will not be in the public eye due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting health counseling department Link reports on the action this weekend .

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Overall, Friday’s competition marks the 72nd ever meeting between the Cardinals and the RedHawks, with Miami leading the all-time series 46-25. Ball State’s senior division will go out with a bang as they take a 15-game streak of bad luck against their four-time defenses at the regular MAC season championships.

Head coach Stephanie Bernthal about her seniors:

“It’s been an incredible journey for this senior group. They’ve faced every challenge a gym student could face in their time here at Ball State, and they all worked for them. To be part of that tradition of Ball State field hockey is not. ” “easy” street – when we walked in for these girls’ early years we had a lot to do as a group.

“It’s one thing to be successful, each of us can do it, it’s another thing to build it with hard work every day. It’s a real test and few could go this way like this group. Our coaching staff asked them to do so. ” find a new level of mental hardness to love one another above yourself and to show that love by infinitely serving and sacrificing.

“You have embraced these values ​​and made them the benchmarks of our team culture. So we know we all have a special bond that lasts well beyond this field and these years at Ball State. You have also worked as a group and individually, with an intensity seldom found, the product being exhibited every day at the new heights of this program academically and on this turf – this team has been playing better hockey every day.

“These seniors changed the development of this program forever, changed the lives of all of us who share this field with them every day, and renewed the pursuit of championships at Ball State. It’s not just a dream, it’s within reach. ” This Ball State team because of their hard work and proper foundation building. No shortcuts. Not easy days. No “stars” – a real family and a real team.

“You can ask any of them they wouldn’t have it any other way. There will be a day we will raise a trophy and we will come back to thank these guys for the foundation they laid for us. Thank you Each of you, who has always put this team first and is family today and forever. Thank you parents for your tireless support as your daughters reached their limits here every day. We love you and honor this Weekend! “”

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