The Thundering Herd has moved all of its home matches off campus this year as construction begins on a new stadium for the program, so Friday's contest will be played at nearby Huntington High School. Live stats will be available at www.herdzone.com.
Friday's action marks the only road game in the first five matches of the season for Ball State, which then returns to Muncie for four in a row, starting with the Ball State Tournament next weekend, Aug. 24 and Aug. 26, at Briner Sports Complex.
Ball State and Marshall met last year in Muncie with the Cardinals notching a pair of late goals to defeat the Thundering Herd, 2-0. The former Mid-American Conference foes have played a total of seven times with Ball State winning the past four meetings to hold a 4-2-1 lead in the all-time series.
BSU is coming off a 9-9-3 campaign last year as the Cardinals improved for the second consecutive season under head coach Craig Roberts. This year's team is much more experienced with the return of 21 letterwinners and eight starters from a year ago.
Leading scorer Brigit Reder returns for her senior year following an all-conference junior season in which she totaled 16 points and led all Mid-American Conference defenders with seven goals. Sophomore forward Jasmine Moses also scored seven goals for the Cardinals last season in her rookie campaign, but Reder and Moses are just two of 14 returning players who tallied points last year.
Ball State also features a pair of experienced goalkeepers in senior Aubrey Buehler and junior Layne Schramm. Buehler started 19 games in 2011 and posted a 1.30 goals against average.
Marshall managed a 4-12-3 record last season and welcomes back seven starters from that team. Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Cathey is the top offensive returner for the Thundering Herd after finishing with six points a year ago (two goals and two assists), while Marshall also returns a pair of goalkeepers in Lindsey Kerns and Betsy Haugh, who split time between the posts in 2011.Marshall played one exhibition contest last week, falling to Longwood by a 2-1 score. Senior forward Chelsey Maiden scored the lone goal for the Thundering Herd.