Women's soccer team to play three straight home games beginning this weekend

The Ball State women's soccer team will play the first of three-straight home matches tonight against the University of Buffalo. The Cardinals will then face the Ohio Bobcats Sunday afternoon.

The team is coming off two Mid-American Conference road victories last weekend, and has won six of its last seven matches. The Cardinals will be looking for their first victory over either of these two teams.

"This weekend's games will probably be different than any of the others we've played this year, because we're playing two teams that have traditionally done very well against us," said BSU head coach Ron Rainey. "Our record against these teams is not that great, but if we go out and play like we're capable of and make use of our home field advantage we'll hopefully be able to grab some wins."

The Bulls at Buffalo got off to a bad start this season, picking up ties in its first three games, followed by losses to Purdue and Western Michigan, but have since won two out of its last three.

Ohio also began the season poorly, losing its first two matches, but have since rebounded to pick up five-straight victories before a tie last Sunday. The Bobcats are the defending MAC regular season champions.

The Bobcats are 5-2-1 overall, and are currently in second place with a 2-0-1 mark in the MAC. Ohio is led by junior Christel Schiering, who was recently named MAC player of the week. She leads the team in scoring with eight goals.

Ball State is currently in fourth place, with a conference record of 3-1-0 and 6-2-0 overall. Up to this point, sophomore Kate Nadalin leads the squad in in shots with 22 and is tied with freshman Lindsey Wiltshire for goals scored with three. Sophomore Dee Nocero is second on the team in shots with 18 and leads the team in assists with four.

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