Freshamn Aly Kohanowski plays offence during the exhibition match on Saturday against IUPUI. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and the Cardinals take on IPFW on Friday. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

SOCCER: Team uses exhibition to prepare for season

With its season opener against IPFW scheduled for Friday, the Ball State soccer team faced off against IUPUI in an exhibition match.Though the Saturday match ended in a 1-1 draw, head coach Craig Roberts chose to focus on what his team learned about itself in gameplay.“It was a great way to get a look at our team’s strengths and weaknesses that we haven’t been able to completely see during the preseason,” Roberts said.

Women’s soccer coach Craig Roberts watches over a drill run during practice. In his time at Ball State, Roberts has been able to get international teams from Canada and Haiti on the spring schedule. Kellan Deam, DN File

SOCCER: Goalkeeping leads Ball State into another year

The Ball State soccer team will look to build off last season’s success and improve even further in 2014.The Cardinals finished with an 11-7-4 record in 2013-14, giving the team its highest win total in six years.The team also reached the Mid-American Conference Championship game for the first time in school history, losing 0-1 against Western Michigan.A big reason for last year’s accomplishments was the team’s outstanding goalkeeping.Ball State ranked in the top 50 in the country in save percentage (20th) and goals against average (47th) last season.

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