Ball State soccer signs 4 new players
After saying goodbye to six seniors, Ball State soccer began its recruiting season with the addition of four new players.
Head coach Craig Roberts added two high school seniors as well as two Division I transfer student athletes.
The Cardinals finished last season as the Mid-American Conference regular season champions after going undefeated at home and losing only one conference game.
Allison Abbe is a junior transfer midfielder from the the University of Cincinnati. During her time as a Bearcat, she started three of the 18 games she played in as a freshman and recorded one assist. She went to Plainfield High School and was a three-time all-state winner as she racked up 76 goals and 58 assists in her four-year career.
"[Abbe] is a fiery player who is quick to see the field," Roberts said in a statement. "[Abbe] has a great work ethic and will contribute to our offensive threat this season."
Ball State's offensive threat was able to score 1.75 goals per game on average, good enough for third in the MAC and 75th in the nation.
Tristin Stuteville is another junior transfer the Cardinals acquired, but she will be stopping opponents from scoring as a goalkeeper. Stuteville played for the St. Louis Billikens for two seasons where she saw action in nine career games, seven as a sophomore. In high school, the Kansas City, Mo., native was able to earn two Goalkeeper of the Year honors. In her time at Platte County High School, she helped her team to go as far as the United States Youth Soccer Association national semifinals.
"Last season our goalkeeper was voted as the top goalkeeper in the MAC," Roberts said. "It was imperative we recruit another goalkeeper with the same ability and mindset."
Roberts stayed within the state of Indiana when signing the two high school seniors, midfielder/forward Peighton Cook and forward Sam Kambol.
Cook is from Greendale, Ind., and attended Lawrenceburg High School where she lettered four years, finishing with the school record in goals with 75 and assists with 41. The two-time all-state selection scored 26 goals in her senior season.
"[Cook] is a versatile player with the ability to play numerous positions," Roberts said. "Her athletic contribution and skill will add to our dynamic attack."
Kambol is also a school record holder, she boasts 112 goals in her career, 47 of which came in her senior season. The South Bend native lettered four years at Saint Joesph High School where she was able to help her team to a state runner-up finish as a freshman, followed by four sectional championships.
"[Kambol] is an outstanding forward with immense athleticism," Roberts said. "She has been an outstanding high school and club player... I believe [Kambol] will do the same thing at the collegiate level and once again be recognized as a natural goal scorer."
The Ball State soccer team recently released its spring schedule which will kick off with a Saturday double-header on March 19 against Spring Arbor and Tiffin.