Senior goalkeeper Layne Schramm returns the ball to play against Tennessee Tech. Ball State will face Western Michigan on Oct. 19. DN FILE PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK

SOCCER: Games becomes more important as season winds down

Every match is important but as the season winds down, wins and losses seem even more significant. After splitting a pair of crucial matches against top-tier Mid-American Conference last weekend, Ball State’s soccer team is searching for two victories and stability in conference standing against University of Toledo (5-9, 2-4 MAC) and Northern Illinois University (4-8-2, 2-3-1 MAC). Ball State (9-4-1, 4-2 MAC) dropped its match against Western Michigan University (7-3-3, 5-0-1 MAC) on Sunday, and is now in a five-way tie behind Western Michigan. “A good team always responds to a loss,” head coach Craig Roberts said.

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