Cards push offensive pressure on Sycamores

Lone goal by Dineen enough to defeat Indiana State, 1-0

The Ball State women's soccer team took control early on to win its second match of the season Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Indiana State Sycamores 1-0.

The victory improves the Cardinals record to 1-1, dropping the Sycamores to an 0-3 mark.

Ball State's lone goal came from junior Michelle Dineen on a direct kick from 20 yards out. It was her second of the season and fifth goal of her career.

The goal followed the ejection of Indiana State goalkeeper Carey Patton, who was given a red card 24 minutes into the first half. She was called for a handball outside the box on a Ball State scoring opportunity, and on the ensuing play Dineen's kick found the back of the net.

"I thought we did a much better job of pushing the ball and being aggressive today," head coach Ron Rainey said. "The red card put us at an advantage, but I am proud of our team because that was a result of us putting a lot of offensive pressure on them."

The Cardinals outshot the Sycamores 19-7 in the match, five of which were taken by sophomore Kate Nadalin and four by senior Eileen Weinheimer, while sophomore Dee Nocero and junior Alicia Kalafut each had two.

In all, 10 different Cardinals had at least one shot.

"Once we had the player advantage, we wanted to push our outside midfielders to create more scoring opportunities," said Rainey. "We didn't score in the second half, but I give their keeper most of the credit because she made some great saves."

It is the third time these two teams have met, with Ball State coming out on top in every match.


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