Ball State Soccer (0-2-2, 0-0-0 MAC) has yet to win in its opening four games of the 2022 season, most recently falling to Xavier (3-0-1, 0-0-0 AAC) 4-2 Aug. 28.
The Cardinals opened the scoring in the 31st minute through junior midfielder Avery Fenchel before a penalty in the 38th minute allowed graduate student midfielder Molly McLaughlin to convert and leave both sides even at the half.
After a foul in the box in the 58th minute, sophomore forward Lexi Fraley was able to place the spot kick and put Ball State back in front. Fraley's goal would be the Cardinals' last as freshman forward Emma Flick brought Xavier level in the 70th minute before freshman forward Regan Dancer put the Musketeers ahead in the 75th minute. Graduate student forward Brooke Sroka added a cushion in the 90th minute to seal the victory for the visitors.
Despite having 11 shots, one more than Xavier, the Cardinals had four fewer shots on target than the Musketeers who had seven.
Ball State travels up I-69 for their next match, facing Purdue Fort Wayne (1-1-1, 0-0-0 HORIZON) Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.