Soccer Plays Non-Conference Finale Friday at IUPUI
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State soccer team continues its five-game road swing Friday at IUPUI with its final tune-up for Mid-American Conference play.
The Cardinals will travel to meet the Jaguars for a 7 p.m. matchup at Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. Live stats will be available at iupuijags.com, and a broadcast by Sports Link Radio on WCRD will be streamed on ballstatesports.com.
Ball State is coming off a dramatic win in its last outing and enters the game with a 5-2-0 record. Nicole Pembleton scored in the final minute of the second overtime Sunday as the Cardinals topped Air Force 1-0 to earn a split of their two weekend games in Colorado.
Layne Schramm was in goal for the shutout, the fourth of the year for a Ball State team that ranks among the top 40 in the country in goals against average (0.55), shutout percentage (0.57) and save percentage (0.89). Schramm and Brooke Dennis each own two shutouts.
IUPUI has also proven to be difficult to score against, allowing only five goals in seven games. The Jaguars are 3-2-2 on the season after playing Valparaiso to a scoreless draw last Friday. They have allowed only one goal in their past four games, including a 1-0 shutout of MAC member Bowling Green.
Ball State will rely on a variety of offensive options to try to break IUPUI down. When Pembleton knocked in the game-winner at Air Force, she became the seventh different Cardinal to score a goal this year. None have found the back of the net more than Kelsey Wendlandt, who has already scored three times in her freshman campaign.
Taylor Heidorn leads IUPUI with two goals on the year to go along with an assist, while four other Jaguar players have scored one goal each.
Ball State owns a 4-2-1 record all-time against IUPUI, including a 3-0 victory in its last road game against the Jaguars in 2010. IUPUI managed a 1-0 win in last year’s meeting in Muncie.
Friday’s game is the only contest this weekend for Ball State. The Cardinals will then finish their stretch of road games next weekend by opening MAC play with contests at Buffalo and Akron.