MUNCIE, Ind. -- After helping the Ball State soccer team open conference play with back-to-back shutout victories over the weekend, Victoria Jacobs was selected Monday as the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Jacobs played every minute in Ball State’s wins over Buffalo and Akron, including all 105 minutes of a double-overtime contest against the Bulls. The junior from Oakville, Ontario, helped to spearhead the efforts of a Ball State defensive unit that allowed those two opponents only eight shots on goal combined over the two games.
Jacobs also delivered in a big way on the offensive end of the field, scoring in the sixth minute of Sunday’s victory at Akron for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
The Cardinals were the only MAC team to post two shutout victories in the opening weekend of conference play. The team now has a league-best six shutouts on the year and ranks first in the MAC in goals against average (0.47).
Ball State owns the best record in the league at 7-2-1 (2-0-0 MAC), and the Cardinals are off to their best start through 10 games since 2006.
After three straight weeks away from home, Ball State returns to the Briner Sports Complex this weekend to continue MAC play. The Cardinals will host Kent State for a 4:30 p.m. Friday contest and Ohio for a 1 p.m. Sunday matchup.Jacobs is the third Ball State player to earn an award from the MAC this season. Michelle Blok was named the league’s top offensive player on Aug. 26, while goalkeeper Brooke Dennis was tabbed the top defensive player on Sept. 9.