SOCCER: Ball State earns preseason draw against Cincinnati

Cardinals tie first meeting with former coach Salmon

Facing former coach Michelle Salmon for the first time, the Ball State University soccer team showed it has moved on.

Ball State took on Salmon's University of Cincinnati squad in a preseason game Saturday and came away with a 2-2 tie.

"We enjoyed going up against coach Salmon and we have a lot of respect for her," coach Craig Roberts said. "She brought recognition to the program, but it is always enjoyable to start a new era. We were happy with our performance and the ladies were excited to show what they could really do."

Salmon left Ball State three years ago after turning the Cardinals into a power in the Mid-American Conference.

The game is Ball State's only preseason game. Despite the strong performance, however, Roberts still sees room for improvement.

"I was pleased with the team performance as a whole and we need to try and build off of it," he said. "The next step will be building more offensive play if we can, but we are making strides in the right direction."

Six days away from the regular season kickoff, Roberts says all the positions are up for grabs. In fact, he doesn't want the spots to be set in stone.

"We have a good feel of what people can do in different spots, but we are still experimenting with different lineups," Roberts said. "Its actually part of our philosophy to keep the spots open. It makes the girls continue to push each other and compete in practice every day."