Ball State field hockey (3-8, 1-2 MAC) was shut out, 5-0, by Miami (Ohio) (6-6, 3-0 MAC) Friday afternoon.
Here are three takeaways from this game:
Cardinals' offense fails to score
The Cardinals had a bit of trouble on the offensive side of the field, shooting only six shots in the entire game. Miami, on the other hand, had a total of 16 shots with five hitting the back of the net. The Redhawks’ scoring efforts were led by Sophomore Striker Claudia Negrete Garcia who finished with three goals, followed by Sophomore Striker Paula Peña who had two goals.
Defense is picking up offensive slack
The Ball State defense was successful in the first quarter by not allowing any scores. However, the Redhawks would go on to score in all three remaining quarters.
Freshman goalkeeper Ally Butler had her hands full in this contest taking on 16 shots with five going in. She finished with seven saves in the match.
Cardinals' losing streak
Ball State is now on a three-game losing streak after falling to Miami (Ohio). All three of these games saw the Cardinals finishing without any goals. In the contest with Ohio University (3-8, 1-2 MAC), Ball State fell 0-3, The Cardinals also lost to Indiana University (6-4, 0-2 Big Ten) 0-1. The Cardinals have only won one out of the last five games.
The Cardinals continue conference play against the Appalachian State Mountaineers (3-4, 0-1 MAC) on Oct. 8 at the Briner Sports Complex.