Paula Guerrero, a midfielder for the Ball State soccer team, moves the ball downfield during the game against Morehead State on Sept. 16 at the Briner Sports Complex. Ball State won 4-0. Grace Ramey // DN
A draw against Central Michigan keeps Soccer on top of the MAC West Division
Ball State soccer returned home from Michigan still unbeaten in Mid-American Conference play.
A 0-0 draw against Central Michigan Oct. 2 set the Cardinals' record in MAC play at 3-0-1. Coach Craig Roberts said he thought it was a very competitive game.
"I felt the team had to show their true identity and show their character, in regards to who they are, to enforce who they are, in the game," Roberts said. "Obviously ... as a team we performed stronger then Central Michigan did, we outshot them."
Cardinal Game Leaders:
Shots: Paula Guerrero, Allison Abbe, Julia Elvbo (2)
Shots on Goal: Abbe and Elvbo (1)
Saves: Alyssa Heintschel (3)
Chippewa Game Leaders:
Shots: Alexis Pelafas (2)
Shots on Goal: Madison Pogarch, Lauren Sherry, Madison Costner (1)
Saves: Kristin Knutson (2)
The Cardinals led the game in total shots gaining a slight 9-7 advantage. Ball State proved it has the defensive ability to take on a high-powered Central Michigan offense.
Ball State held the Chippewas' leading scorer, sophomore forward Alexis Pelafas, to only two shots. The Cardinal defense players, led by freshman Yela Ziswiler, senior Lorina White, sophomore Taylor Pooley and senior Leah Mattingly, have all started every game this season.
With help from goalkeepers Alyssa Heintschel and Tristin Stuteville, the team has only allowed nine goals the entire season, including six shutouts in 12 games.
But the Cardinal offense proved themselves as well. Freshman midfielders Julia Elvbo and Paula Guerrero and senior midfielder Allison Abbe each had two shots in the game. But Roberts said he still wants more out of his offense.
"Offensively, next time we play them, we'll have to make sure we're a little more clinical in the attacking third, and capitalize on those," Roberts said.
Roberts also said senior Chay McNitt did an outstanding job of matching up with Eliza Van de Kerkhove of Central Michigan.
"She's been a pinnacle player on our team," Roberts said.
The Cardinals return home for a mid-week match against Western Michigan Oct. 6.