Sophomore Midfielder Emily Scott attempts to kicks the ball away from Northern Illinois University on Oct. 30 at Briner Sports Complex. The soccer team went on to lose 1-1(4-3)(DN PHOTO Terence K. Lighting Jr.)

Ball State soccer misses out on NCAA Tournament

Ball State soccer held out hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after an early exit from the Mid-American Conference Tournament, but Monday night the team learned its season is officially over. The Cardinals (14-3-4) won the MAC regular season title and finished the season ranked 51st in the RPI rankings, but did not make the 64-team tournament. 19 teams ranked lower than Ball State made the cut, but only two of those teams -- Oklahoma State and Texas A&M -- received at-large bids.



Players comfort each other losing to Northern Illinois University 1-1 (4-3) on Oct. 30 at Briner Sports Complex. (DN PHOTO Terence K. Lightning Jr.)
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Cardinals eliminated from MAC Tournament in shootout

Freshman defender Yela Zisweiler stepped up to the ball with Ball State soccer trailing Northern Illinois 4-3 in penalty kicks. Overtime ended with a 1-1 tie, forcing the shootout. Zisweiler needed to score to keep the game going. She ran up to the ball, launching it to the lower right corner of the goal, but Huskies goalkeeper MacKenzie Lee was ready for it. She dove to her left to block the kick. The Mid-American Conference regular season champions were eliminated -- again.



Junior midfielder/forward Allison Abbe goes to kick the ball during women's soccer's match against Xavier University. The team tied 1-1 after a double overtime. Kara Berg // DN
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First place Ball State soccer travels to second place Kent State in battle of unbeatens

The Cardinals' road trip this weekend is like none they have had so far this season. Saturday, Ball State soccer (12-2-2, 7-0-1 MAC) takes on Kent State (10-1-2, 6-0-2 MAC), the only other unbeaten team in the Mid-American Conference. The winner will be the favorite to win the MAC Regular Season Champion with just one game remaining. The Cardinals also face a 3-11-1 Ohio program (1-7 MAC) Thursday. While they cannot overlook the Bobcats, even with an upset loss the matchup with Kent State will determine which team is first in the MAC.


Senior defender Lorina White steals the ball away from a Toledo player during the game against Toledo at the Briner Sports Complex on Oct. 16. Kyle Crawford // DN
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Defense leads Ball State soccer on 10-game unbeaten streak

Leah Mattingly, Lorina White, Taylor Pooley and Yela Zisweiler. These four defenders should be noted on every team’s scouting report. After all, they've started on the back line in every Ball State soccer game this season, and the Cardinals are on top of the Mid-American Conference standings with a 7-0-1 record (12-2-2 overall), with just 10 goals allowed through 16 games.



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.






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