This win secures the third seed in the conference for Ball State and home advantage for their quarter-final match this Sunday, October 29. At the time of this publication, the Cardinals are currently slated to face Ohio University in the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Blom's experience overcoming adversity helps her empathize with student athletes she has mentored during her 15-year career at Ball State University. Blom has worked as a faculty athletic representative, chairperson for Ball State’s School of Kinesiology, and professor of sport and exercise psychology, but was just named associate athletic director for championship performance.
Ball State lost its match against Northern Illinois 1-0, and the Cardinals MAC record now sits at 5-1-3 and 7-6-3 overall. Ball State returns home Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. to play Bowling Green (7-5-2, 5-1-2 MAC).
“[Winning] It’s not going to be easy,” head coach Josh Rife laughed, “I look at it the other way, we scored two goals against a very quality team. Two ties, but we’re still undefeated in conference play which is big… our goal is still in front of us and still in our control.”
The Tigers came out of the gates aggressive, maintaining possession for the majority of the first half. This strong attack did not wear down the Eagle defense and did not allow many shots on the goal.
The match started slow for both sides as halfway through the first half it was all even at one with goals from Hayden Evans of the Owls and Colin Furnish of the Tigers.
One goal didn’t prove to be enough in Sunday afternoon’s match against Eastern Michigan, where the Cardinals' tied 1-1.This was the Cardinals’ second conference match of the season, and they now hold a 3-5-1 record.
Led by a group of 12 seniors who have gone through this program together, Muncie Central boys soccer finds itself in prime position to compete for a North Central Conference title.
Ball State opened their third home match of the season with defensive pressure against the Redhawks. That allowed senior forward Avery Fenchel to give the Cardinals the lead with a goal in the 11th minute. With the score from Klauss, the Cardinals took their first MAC win, defeating Miami (OH) 3-1.
Coming from a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school – Indiana Wesleyan – Seiffert shared her excitement for this new opportunity to succeed at a new school.