MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State soccer team is playing with a trio of new faces this spring.
The Cardinals added three talented mid-year transfers who are practicing and competing with the team during its spring season. Lauren Hall joined the Cardinals from Arkansas, Madison Oyer came from Memphis, and Jenna Finke came from Murray State.
Oyer and Finke, a pair of Indiana products returning to their home state, will be sophomores for the Cardinals during their competition season this fall, while Finke will be a redshirt freshman.
“We are delighted with their high quality experience, what they bring to the table and the way they fit into the team chemistry we currently have,” Ball State head coach Craig Roberts said. “Combined with our 2013 recruits, we are really excited about this coming fall season.”
Oyer, a midfielder from outside of Fort Wayne, Ind., played in 16 games with two goals and two assists as a freshman at Memphis last season. Before that, she completed her distinguished career at Leo High School ranked second all-time in the state of Indiana with 76 assists. Oyer was a three-time all-state selection and a four-time all-conference and all-district choice. She played club soccer for the Fort Wayne Fever and Carmel United.
“Madison will be a great addition to our central midfield,” Roberts said. “She comes from a high quality program in Memphis. Even though she played many minutes there, she decided to come back home and join us. She is an extremely hard worker, and we know she will be instrumental in our possession game and will add some offensive power.”
Finke, a forward from Indianapolis, saw action in seven games as a freshman at Murray State last season, tallying two goals and one assist. Before going to Murray State, Finke was a standout at Lutheran High School in Indianapolis. She totaled 68 goals in her prep career and earned multiple postseason honors.
“Jenna is going to be a tenacious forward,” Roberts said. “She is very hard working. She is definitely a goal scorer, and she will be one of the individuals we will be calling upon to put the ball in the back of the net for us. She has great athleticism with speed.”
Hall, a defender from Skokie, Ill., redshirted last season at Arkansas and has four years of eligibility remaining. She played four years in the Illinois state Olympic Development Program and also had a distinguished career at the club level, where she was a teammate of current Ball State player Kaila Mack. Hall helped her Eclipse Select program to numerous titles, including an Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) national championship on her U-17 team.
“Lauren comes to us from the Southeastern Conference and has been a part of some high-level competition,” Roberts said. “She is an experienced, dedicated player and comes from an outstanding club. She has a fantastic right-footed shot and right-footed cross.”