Sophomore midfielder Chay McNitt attempts to push past Bowling Green's Skylar Fleak during the game against Bowling Green on Sept. 26 at the Briner Sports Complex. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK
SOCCER: Cardinals open MAC play with split
The Ball State soccer team began play in the Mid-American Conference with a statement.
After not scoring more than three goals in any match this season, Ball State's offense exploded in a 5-0 victory over Bowling Green.
The win was an all-around team effort, with 20 of 30 Cardinals seeing game action and four different players contributing goals.
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“With the performances being given by the girls, we were really able to keep switching them up and keeping fresh legs in,” head coach Craig Roberts said.
In the majority of its matches this season, Ball State has employed a more defense-oriented strategy, resulting in a fewer amount of shot attempts. Against the Falcons, the Cardinals attacked offensively, tying a season-high in shots on goal with 21.
The offensive momentum from Friday's win appeared to carry over to Sunday, with senior Jasmine Moses scoring in the first six minutes, giving Ball State an early 1-0 lead against Eastern Michigan.
Unlike its match with Bowling Green, however, Ball State was unable to add to its lead and ultimately fell 1-2 in overtime.
Despite managing only one goal, the Cardinals set a new season-high of shot attempts with 23, while limiting the Eagles to 11.
Ball State will have an opportunity to gain ground in the conference this weekend with home matches against Central Michigan and division leader Toledo.