Freshamn Aly Kohanowski plays offence during the exhibition match on Saturday against IUPUI. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and the Cardinals take on IPFW on Friday. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY
SOCCER: Team uses exhibition to prepare for season
With its season opener against IPFW scheduled for Friday, the Ball State soccer team faced off against IUPUI in an exhibition match.
Though the Saturday match ended in a 1-1 draw, head coach Craig Roberts chose to focus on what his team learned about itself in gameplay.
“It was a great way to get a look at our team’s strengths and weaknesses that we haven’t been able to completely see during the preseason,” Roberts said.
|Friday, Aug. 22||IPFW||Briner Sports Complex||5 p.m.|
|Sunday, Aug. 24||Green Bay||@ Green Bay, WI||2 p.m.|
|Friday, Aug. 29||Purdue||@ West Lafayette, IN||7 p.m.|
The Cardinals rotated players throughout the match, allowing everyone to experience the game.
“Playing against the same plays gets redundant,” Roberts said regarding preseason practices. “[The exhibition] gave us great exposure to see what we need to get out of the girls for next week.”
Ball State took 11 shots on goal during the match, with several shots barely missing their marks or being taken away by a penalty.
“There is room for everyone to improve in every position,” Roberts said. “But that’s what an exhibition game is for: to find what needs work.”
With 20 letterwinners returning from last year’s Mid-American Conference Championship runner-up team, Roberts feels as confident as his team.
“They got a boost of confidence after how they played last year and I liked what I’ve seen from them so far in the preseason.” Roberts said. “We are ready to get onto the real deal here this coming week.”