SOCCER: Defense leads the way to another Ball State shutout

Cardinals improve to 5-2

The Ball State soccer team locked down Western Kentucky on Friday night to pick up their fifth win of the season.

A steady diet of defense led the way for the Cardinals as they tallied their third shutout of the year to win 1-0.

Timely offense helped out the team last week when they picked up a golden goal in double overtime to win. A familiar face stepped up once again this week.

Sophomore midfielder Sarah Orisich scored her second game-winning goal in six days for Ball State on Friday. Orisich now shares the team lead in goals with senior midfielder Missy Gordon, who also has two.

"My goals come from the team effort as a whole to pressure the ball," Orisich said. "I just am who picks up the goals."

Relying on up to eighteen players per match, a selfless attitude is needed to adapt to coach Craig Roberts system of subbing.

"Everyone knows they will play a role in the performance of the team," Roberts said. "Each individual will be called upon in certain situations to step into their spot. Once their energy is out we will sub them to keep people fresh. It keeps the game a complete team responsibility."

Buying into his style quickly has helped the Cardinals jump out to a 5-2 start. It is their best record to start a season since 2005, when the team opened up 8-1.

"We all understand what he wants from us so we can go out and execute exactly that," Orisich said. "It keeps on the same page as coach and team."

With one more game until Mid-American Conference play starts, one more solid performance sets up everything perfectly for a strong season.

"Everyone is excited heading into conference and one more win will give us the confidence we need," Orisich said. "I think we will see the outcome we want."


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