Third-year defender Maya Millis dribbles the ball in a game against Mercyhurst Aug. 17 at Briner Sports Complex. Millis had one assist during the game. Mya Cataline, DN

The Cardinals falls to Texas Tech

The Ball State Cardinals traveled to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in their third game of the season. The Cardinals were defeated 4-1 but kept things even through the first 45 minutes of play at a 1-1 draw. Sophomore Delany Caldwell added the only goal for Ball State in the 36th minute, also securing her first goal of the season.  

Second-year defender Sami Bird throws the ball in a game against Mercyhurst Aug. 17 at Briner Sports Complex. Bird had one foul during the game. Mya Cataline, DN.

No. 3 Notre Dame beats the Cardinals

The Cardinals find their way home after a 3-0 loss against NCAA’s third-ranked team, Notre Dame. Senior defender Eva Gaetino scored in the 21 minute, assisted by Sophomore midfielder Leah Klenke. Freshman forward Meg Mrowicki found the back of the net in the 38-minute, with an assist from graduate forward Audrey Weiss and graduate midfielder Erin Hohnstein in the 38-minute. 

Fourth-year defender Paige Munar defends the ball in a game against Mercyhurst Aug. 17 at Briner Sports Complex. Mya Cataline, DN

Ball State takes the win during their home opener against Mercyhurst

Senior midfielder, Avery Fenchel, took on the first three goals as she stepped out on the field after recovering from last season's ankle injury. “Everyone contributed today,” Fenchel said. Sophomore midfielder, Tori Monaco, assisted two of Fenchel’s goals. Monaco listens to rap artists, Jay Cole and Trippy Red continuously the hour prior to the game to help set her focus and mindset while doing some visualization.  

Vlatko Andonovski, Head Coach of USA, talks to Crystal Dunn before the extra time during the FIFA Women; World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Round of 16 match between Sweden and USA at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Aug. 6, 2023, in Melbourne / Naarm, Australia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images/TNS)

Associated Press: US loses to Sweden on penalty kicks in its earliest Women's World Cup exit ever

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The United States played its best game of this Women's World Cup and it wasn't good enough to stop the two-time reigning champions from being eliminated in the round of 16. The Americans' bid to win an unprecedented third consecutive title ended Sunday on penalty kicks. It is the earliest exit in tournament history for the United States, four-time winners of the World Cup.

Ball State soccer huddles together before the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship game against Buffalo. The Cardinals fell 2-0 in their third MAC championship appearance. Joe Gilbert/Ball State Athletics photo courtesy

Duty vs. Desire

After just the third practice back from the offseason, those in the Ball State soccer program gathered together to hear head coach Josh Rife’s closing remarks. The 2021 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year talked about the importance of being battle-tested, and encouraged the Cardinals to continue the energy they’ve brought to camp after just two days back in Muncie.

Addie Chester waives during introductions of a Louisville soccer game.  Addie Chester, photo provided

Addie Chester: How one small decision led to big achievements

Since she was three years old, Addie Chester’s life was lived through the game of soccer. “I feel like as a kid, it's just kind of what you're good at,” she said. “If you're good at something, you'll keep doing it.” But when she was about to attend Delta High School, she was on the cusp of being done. “Anybody who's played a sport for that long gets burnt out at different times,” she said.

Megan Rapinoe of the United States scores the teams first goal from a penalty during the Women International Friendly between Sweden and the U.S. at Friends Arena on April 10, 2021 in Solna, Sweden. (Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images/TNS)

Associated Press: Megan Rapinoe says she'll retire after the NWSL season and her 4th World Cup

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe is ready to retire after an illustrious career in which she won an Olympic gold medal, two World Cups and never shied away from using her platform to spotlight social issues. Rapinoe, 38, announced Saturday her fourth World Cup will be her last and she'll officially retire with the OL Reign at the end of the National Women's Soccer League season.

The Ball State womens soccer team stands as the National Anthem plays before the start of the game on Sept. 23, 2021, at Briner Sports Complex in Muncie, IN. Amber Pietz, DN

Cardinals draw against No. 1 seed Buffalo

Before the whistle to start the game, Ball State prepared by listening to music, going for walks, talking and even watching Premier League soccer. Elgert said she takes time to watch soccer before her games as a way to get into the mindset while learning from some of Manchester City’s strategies.

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