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Kelsey Wendlandt put two shots on goal Friday.
Photo by: Scott McNitt
Soccer Drops First Game with 1-0 Defeat at IPFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Ball State soccer team suffered its first setback of the season Friday with a 1-0 loss to IPFW at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Gaby Romo broke a scoreless tie with a goal for IPFW in the 75th minute and the Mastodons hung on to drop Ball State to 2-1 on the young season. IPFW is now also 2-1.

Ball State spent much of the game on the attack, firing 19 total shots to IPFW’s 10, but the Cardinals could not get one to find the net. They even put more than half of those shots on goal, but Mastodon keeper Sam Pavlika came up with 10 saves.

“I felt like we were very unfortunate not to convert any of our chances tonight,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “The girls played well and we did a good job possessing the ball. There were a lot of good things to come out of this game, but it’s disappointing we weren’t able to take advantage of our chances.”

Ball State freshman forward Kelsey Wendlandt earned her first career start and fired three shots, two of them on goal, to match Maimee Morris for team highs in both categories.

The shutout was a different outcome for a Ball State team that had made good on its opportunities in its opening weekend with five goals over its first two games.

Senior goalkeeper Layne Schramm collected three saves Friday and combined with the Cardinals’ back line to keep IPFW off the scoreboard, as well, until late in the game. But the Mastodons broke through and drew a foul to set up the lone score on a set piece. At the 74:02 mark, Erin Gill took a free kick and found Romo, who scored the game changer.

“IPFW had one real chance in the second half and they converted on a set piece,” Roberts said. “I felt like if we had converted once, it really could have led to more, but we just couldn't score that first goal.”

Friday's contest was the only game for Ball State this weekend. The Cardinals will return home next weekend for a Sept. 6 game against Eastern Illinois and a Sept. 8 matchup with Tennessee Tech at the Briner Sports Complex.

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