A season-high four goals wasn’t enough to lead Ball State Field Hockey (0-7, 0-1 MAC) to victory Monday afternoon, as the Cardinals took a 5-4 overtime loss to California-Davis (6-6, 0-0 Big West).

The first half saw both teams impress on on offense. The Cardinals opened the scoring just over 30 seconds into the game, with redshirt sophomore Sierra Jefferson notching her first of the season. While the Aggies scored twice on corner shots. The Cardinals would strike back with redshirt junior forward Michelle Shampton and junior midfielder Haley Jolly putting the Cardinals up 3-2 at halftime. 

The second half saw the Cardinals respond to two California-Davis goals with Redshirt sophomore Rachel Pereira finding the back of the net with about seven minutes left in the game. The two teams would head into overtime tied at four and the Cardinals one goal away from their first win of the season. However, it would be the Aggies Elline Van Den Bosch who would net the game winner and hand the Cardinals their seventh straight loss of the season. 

Head coach Stephanie Bernthal remains confident in her team. However, she knows that something the Cardinals need to improve on is keeping better possession of the ball in order to work towards a win. 

“We are certainly disappointed with the outcome but there were a lot of great strides and a lot of great team play,” Bernthal said. “There were some different variables that came our way in the game but it’s just about executing the small details.”

Contact Connor Smith with any comments at cnsmith@bsu.edu