There's one thing that the Ball State soccer team is focused on this year – making it to the NCAA Tournament.
Ball State soccer is favored to win the 2017 Mid-American Conference West Division and tournament title.
Emily Feeney Miles attends countless South Carolina men's basketball games. But April 1 was different.
Eamon Zayed will help coach the Cardinals in his "free time from his club obligations."
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.
For the second season in a row Ball State soccer defender Lorina White was named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Tears flowed down the faces of Ball State soccer players, and some dropped to their knees in despair. It might just be a game, but the emotions are real.
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.
One win is all that stands between Ball State women's soccer and its second consecutive Mid-American Conference regular season title.
KENT, Ohio — Freshman Ball State forward Sam Kambol sprinted towards the Kent State goal after corralling the ball near midfield.
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.
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.