BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Ball State soccer team earned a 2-0 road victory Friday night at Bowling Green to reach the 10-win mark for the first time in six years.
Layne Schramm was in goal for her fifth shutout of the year as Ball State held an opponent scoreless for the eighth time this season.
“The girls played with great consistency tonight,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “We knew Bowling Green would be a counter-attacking and defensive type of team, and we really had to play the full 90 minutes. We made some adjustments at halftime that really kind of opened things up for us.”
Ball State remained in the thick of the Mid-American Conference race with the win. The Cardinals own 17 points in the standings and trail the leaders by just three points with two regular-season games remaining. They will get their shot at the team directly ahead of them when they travel to Central Michigan for a 1 p.m. contest Sunday.
After a scoreless first half Friday, Ball State wasted little time getting its offense going to start the second. Jacobs scored off a pass from Lindsay Kempf just 37 seconds after the break to put the Cardinals on top. It was Jacobs’ fourth goal of the year, tying her for the team lead with Michelle Blok and Kelsey Wendlandt.
Ball State then added some insurance in the 69th minute when Fiser scored her first collegiate goal with an assist from Madison Oyer.
The two goals were more than enough for Schramm and the Ball State defensive unit. The Cardinals’ senior goalkeeper, who owns the top goals against average in the league, made seven saves on the night.
Madeline Wideman paced Bowling Green with six shots, including two on goal, while Falcon goalkeeper Jenna DiTusa finished with eight saves.
Ball State’s 10 wins this year are the most for the program since 2007. That year’s team finished 13-5-2 and won the MAC regular-season championship.