Rain threatened to cancel Ball State soccer's Senior Day, but after an 80-minute delay the Cardinals wasted no time in their 4-0 victory over Morehead State (3-4-1).
In just the third minute, junior Allison Abbe scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick.
10 minutes later, senior Lorina White scored with her mom in the stands for the first time since she was in high school to put the Cardinals up 2-0.
White was one of five seniors recognized before the game. Defender Leah Mattingly, midfielder Gabby Veldman, forward Kesley Wendlandt and midfielder Chay McNitt were also honored.
Mattingly said the Cardinals wanted to give maximum effort, both for Senior Day and because it was their last non-conference game.
“We wanted to go out and give everything we had and get as many goals as we can, and at halftime the game plan was to just to give it to them.” Mattingly said.
Monica Padilla (35th minute) and Veldman (49th minute) also scored, and the defense held Morehead State to only two shots on goal (three total) as junior goalkeeper Tristin Stuteville recorded shutout. The Cardinals took 27 total shots with 14 on goal. Head coach Craig Roberts said the team has been improving in practice.
“That consistency obviously came off very well and the individual efforts that were needed at times came through to score the winning goals, which were great to see too,” Roberts said.
The Cardinals' next game will be the Mid-American Conference opener on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m against Buffalo (3-3-2) at the Briner Sports Complex.