SOCCER: Ball State opens season with consecutive shutout victories

Sophomore goal keeper Brooke Dennis clears the net during Ball State
Sophomore goal keeper Brooke Dennis clears the net during Ball State

Ball State (Opponents) 

Goals: 5 (0) 

Shots: 28 (17)

Shots on goal: 17 (6)

Assists: (0)

Saves: (12)

A pair of shutout victories has the Ball State soccer team off to a promising start. A highlight of the early 2-0 record is stout defensive play.

“We worked on stabilizing our back four during preseason,” head coach Craig Roberts said. “We’ve really worked on our coverage and we focus on playing as a unit.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Dennis has played a large part in both victories, but the defense has also played well, allowing an average of only 4.25 shots on goal per half.

When needed, Dennis has kept the opposition at bay with six saves through the team’s first two games.

The Cardinals’ offense has also played well early in the year, putting an average of 7 shots on goal per half.

Sophomore Gabby Veldman currently leads the team with two goals, scoring one in each match.

“We have been creating good opportunities for goals,” Roberts said. “We have been capitalizing on [those opportunities].”

Ball State takes on Purdue this Friday at 7 p.m. in West Lafeyette, Ind. The Boilermakers defeated the Cardinals in 2009 by a final score of 6-1.

Upcoming Matches

Date: Opponent: Location: Time:
8/29 Purdue West Lafayette, IN 7:00 p.m.
8/31 Morehead State Muncie, IN 2:00 p.m.
9/5 Valparaiso Valparaiso, IN 8:30 p.m.
9/12 Delaware Annapolis, MD 4:00 p.m.
9/14 Navy Annapolis, MD 12:00 p.m.
9/20 Jacksonville State Muncie, IN 2:00 p.m.
9/26 Bowling Green Muncie, IN 5:00 p.m.
9/28 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, MI 1:00 p.m.
10/3 Central Michigan Muncie, IN 5:00 p.m.
10/5 Toledo Muncie, IN 2:00 p.m.
10/10 Ohio Athens, OH 4:00 p.m.
10/12 Kent State Kent, OH 1:00 p.m.
10/17 Western Michigan Muncie, IN 4:00 p.m.
10/19 Northern Illinois Muncie, IN 2:00 p.m.
10/24 Buffalo Buffalo, NY 5:00 p.m.
10/26 Akron Akron, OH 12:00 p.m.
10/30 Miami Muncie, IN 3:00 p.m.


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