FIELD HOCKEY: Ball State blows away Robert Morris in home opener
Cardinals notch first shutout in two years
Junior midfielders Devanny Kuhn and Brandi Mixell each scored two goals and Ball State (2-1) coasted to a 5-0 victory in its home opener Friday afternoon against Robert Morris (0-2).
It was Ball State's first shutout since Aug. 31, 2008 when it defeated Davidson 2-0. The five goals were the most Ball State has scored in a game since Oct. 19, 2008 when it beat Missouri State 6-2. That game was also played at BSU Turf Field and also featured a goal from Kuhn, then a freshman.
Friday, Kuhn opened the scoring for Ball State, beating Robert Morris goalkeeper Stephanie Seeley on a breakaway. The Cardinals threatened throughout the half, but were unable to convert again and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Ball State broke the game open with two goals in the first three minutes of the second half. Robert Morris took a timeout after junior midfielder Gretchen Lulow's first goal of the season gave Ball State a 3-0 lead, but it was too late.
All that was left was for Kuhn and Mixell to notch their fourth goals of the year and for the Cardinals to complete the shutout. Junior Chelsea Mitchell and sophomore Morgan Hammer each played a half in goal for the Cardinals, combining to make three saves.
Ball State's defense also fended off four penalty corners, all coming in the second half.