Junior midfielder Lauren Roll dashes for the ball during the game against Appalachian State at the Briner Sports Complex on Aug. 27. They travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on Boston University (2-0) and University of Massachusetts-Lowell (1-1) in the Miami Invitational. Kyle Crawford, DN File

Soccer heads to Texas for two-game swing

Ball State soccer travels to Texas this weekend to take on a pair of Big 12 opponents.     With games against Texas Christian (3-1-0) and Baylor (2-0-1), Ball State (1-2-1) will look to grab their first victory in three games. 

The Ball State soccer team celebrates a goal made during the game against Morehead State on Sept. 16, 2016 at the Briner Sports Complex. Ball State plays at Xavier on Friday and against Appalachian State at home on Sunday. Grace Ramey, DN File

Ball State soccer aims for consistency

Ball State soccer opened their season last week with games against Fort Wayne (0-2) and No. 18 Notre Dame (1-0-1). With a 1-1 record, the team will continue play on Friday as they travel to Xavier. 

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.)

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

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

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.

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