Forward, Nicole Pembleton, (left) attempts to elude Xavier defender Katie Schweer during their game on Aug 26, 2012. Despite their upcoming game on Friday the starting lineup has yet to be finalized. DN FILE PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK

SOCCER: Ball State reaches Mid-American Conference championship

Ball State’s soccer team is going to the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship for the first time in the program’s history after defeating second seed Miami University in penalty kicks. Just a week after winning its first tournament game since 2007 — and third all-time — in come-from-behind fashion, Ball State won in once again, 4-2 in penalties. Ball State and Miami played each other in the last regular season match of the year with the RedHawks edging the Cardinals 3-2. “There were lessons learned from our previous match, and we corrected them,” head coach Craig Roberts said.

Freshmen defender Leah Mattingly heads a ball during the game against Kent State University on Oct. 4. The end of the regular season brings the Cardinals into MAC tournament time, where the team will look for its first tournament victory since 2007. DN FILE PHOTO COREY OHLENKAMP

Playoffs loom for Ball State soccer

With just one conference game left the in the season, the shuffling atop the Mid-American Conference has started to shake out tournament seeds. In a league full of parity, Ball State (10-5-3, 5-3-2 MAC) jockeyed with five other teams for a top-four finish and the first round home game that accompanies it for its first 10 MAC matches.

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