Confusion set in as senior goalkeeper Jordan Dues was called back to the net after Ball State field hockey (6-8, 1-2 MAC) had already walked off the field for halftime.

The referees were explaining to the Cardinals’ sideline that Ohio (6-7, 3-0 MAC) was awarded a penalty stroke. The Bobcats scored the deciding goal to take a 2-0 lead in their eventual 2-1 victory.

Ball State cut the lead to one in the second half on junior midfielder Carley Shannon’s second goal of the season. She said the controversial penalty stroke was frustrating, but also motivating.

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Sunday, Oct. 16 vs. La Salle

Friday, Oct. 21 at Missouri State

Sunday, Oct. 23 vs. Miami

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“I think it fired us up, actually,” Shannon said. “We came out strong in the second half.”

The Cardinals outshot the Bobcats in both halves and had more corners, too. Ohio’s two goals came against the run of play, scoring on only three shots.

“We definitely should have won this one,” Shannon said. “This one hurts. We just waited too long to generate attacks. It’s a big loss.”

After the loss, it’s clear where Ball State needs to improve, said senior midfielder Mikayla Mooney.

“We dominated most of the game and we had most of the possession, so it’s tough not to get a goal,” she said. “We know what to work on: finishing the shots we get. We need to be hungrier. When it gets into our circle, we need to be more aggressive.”

Dues entered the game second in the MAC in both saves and save percentage, but recorded zero saves for the first time this season.

The Cardinals play their last non-conference game of the season against La Salle (5-7, 3-2 Atlantic 10) Oct. 16 at the Briner Sports Complex in Muncie.