The Ball State soccer team opened conference play on Sept. 26, with a 5-0 win over Bowling Green.

Up 1-0 midway through the second half, Bowling Green put a ball in its own net, giving Ball State a two goal advantage.

After that play, the entire match changed. 

What had been a close-fought defensive struggle turned into a blowout, with the Cardinals scoring three times in the final 25 minutes and running away from the Falcons. 

“The goals were really helpful in letting us keep fresh legs in the game," coach Craig Roberts said. “It’s really important for us to stay as healthy as we can, and performances like today’s game help that.”

Twenty of 30 Cardinals saw match time, with goals coming from four different players. 

“Five goals are hard to come by in a MAC game, so that really will help us down the line in case of tiebreakers," senior Nicole Pembleton said. “It was a great win for us and great way to start the [Mid-American Conference]."

With the win, Ball State moves to 5-1-2 on the season, and 1-0 in conference play. 

Ball State returns to action at 1 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Eastern Michigan (5-2-1). The Cardinals own the all-time record against them at 7-6-2.