Ball State defender Leah Mattingly throws the ball in bounds to her teammates during the game against Morehead State on Sept. 16 at the Briner Sports Complex. Ball State won 4-0. Grace Ramey // DN
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Mattingly sets minutes record, Roberts ties wins mark

One game, two records. When Ball State soccer beat Northern Illinois 2-0 Sunday, senior defender Leah Mattingly broke the school record for minutes played and head coach Craig Roberts tied the Cardinals’ record with his 70th win with the program.


Junior midfielder/forward Allison Abbe fends off attackers from the rival team, Xavier University, during their match Aug. 25. Ball State tied 1-1 after a double overtime. Kara Berg // DN
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Soccer on track to defend Mid-American Conference title

Defending conference champions. Ball State soccer is off to a 3-0-1 Mid-American Conference record (8-2-2 overall) start in its defense of its MAC regular season title, but on Oct. 6 they'll play Western Michigan, a team that takes exception to Ball State's title claim.



Team members take off at the start of the cross country meet against IUPUI on Sept. 23, 2016 at the Muncie Elks Country Club.  Ball State won against IUPUI 16-46. Kaiti Sullivan // DN
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Weekend in Review

This weekend, Ball State football won on the road, women's volleyball and soccer each won two games at home, cross country won its lone home meet of the season and field hockey dropped two games on the road. Football With the first part of their season over, there have been a lot more positives than negatives for the Cardinals. Ball State won 31-27 at Florida Atlantic Sept.


Ball State forward Sam Kambol protects the ball from Morehead State's midfielder Haley Best during the game on Sept. 16 at the Briner Sports Complex. Ball State won 4-0. Grace Ramey // DN
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Soccer comes out with a shaky win against Akron

Ball State managed to come out with a 1-0 victory against Akron, but Coach Craig Roberts has higher expectations and expected more out of his team.  "I felt the girls on Friday played very well and i was very pleased, i think it was one of the most delivered, tactical games the girls have played and i thought they did exceptionally well today but we were very inconsistent," Roberts said "I did not feel we played anywhere near the full potential, players did not follow the game-plan.



The Ball State soccer team celebrates a goal made by forward Kelsey Wendlandt during the game against Morehead State on Sept. 16 at the Briner Sports Complex. Ball State won 4-0. Grace Ramey // DN
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Roll's 'epiphany' gives Ball State a win against Buffalo

Ball State midfielder Lauren Roll had a smile on her face as her teammates heckled her with "Roll sucks" chants. But her teammates know Roll doesn't suck, especially after her goal helped the Cardinals win their Mid-American Conference opener against Buffalo 1-0.


Ball State’s wide receiver KeVonn Mabon pushes past the defense during the home opener game against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 17 in Scheumann Stadium for Family Weekend. Ball State won 41-14. Grace Ramey // DN
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Weekend in Athletics

This weekend, football hits the road for its final non-conference game, while soccer, volleyball and field hockey each begin Mid-American Conference play.


Chay McNitt, a midfielder for the Ball State soccer team, tries to steal the ball from Morehead State's midfielder Katie Quinn during the game on Sept. 16 at the Briner Sports Complex. Ball State won 4-0. Grace Ramey // DN
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Cardinal soccer defense leads team effort to defend MAC title

Ball State soccer is about to start its bid to defend last season's regular-season Mid-American Conference title. After a 5-2-1 start to the season, The Cardinals open conference play against Buffalo (3-3-1) Friday. Head coach Craig Roberts said the MAC has improved in recent years. “I think the MAC continues to increase in ability level," he said.


The Cardinals beat the Fort Wayne Mastodons 2-0 on Aug. 28 at Briner Sports Complex. Samantha Brammer // DN
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'Finding Dory' to be shown at Scheumann Stadium

Following the soccer game against Buffalo Sept. 23, Ball State fans will just keep swimming to Scheumann Stadium for a screening of Finding Dory. Shawn Sullivan, assistant athletics director for marketing and fan engagement, said that the athletics department has been looking to tie in more promotions such as this to some of the sports that don’t get as much attention.



The Ball State Cardinals played against Eastern Kentucky during the home opener game on Sept. 17 in Scheumann Stadium for Family Weekend. Ball State won 41-14. Grace Ramey // DN
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Weekend in Review

Ball State Field hockey (4-4) went 0-2 this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa, losing against No. 15 Iowa (6-2), 1-4, and No. 4 Penn State (8-0), 0-7. The Cardinals got off to a good start against Iowa, taking the lead in the first half, 1-0, via a goal by senior midfielder Mikayla Mooney, her third of the season.


Ball State quarterback Riley Neal looks for a receiver downfield in a 30-20 loss to Indiana at Memorial Field on Sept. 10. Neal and the Cardinals fell to 1-1 as their late comeback attempt fell short. DN Photo // Grace Hollars
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Weekend in Athletics

Most Ball State athletics teams spent the last couple weeks on the road, but Family Weekend will feature home games from football, women's volleyball and soccer. Cross country and field hockey, however, will hit the road again.


Samantha Brammer, Megan Axsom and Maggie Stofla // DN Photo Illustration
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Goalkeepers perform well, compete for time

Junior goalkeeper Alyssa Heintschel started all 20 of the Cardinals' soccer games last season, leading the team to the Mid-American Conference regular season title. But it wasn't enough to keep head coach Craig Roberts from bringing in Tristin Stuteville, a junior transfer from Saint Louis University.