Soccer Posts Scoreless Draw Against Buffalo
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie against Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo, despite out-shooting the Bulls 33-14 on a windswept Briner Sports Complex field Friday afternoon on Think Pink Day. The tie moves the Cardinals to 9-4-3 overall and 4-1-2 in MAC play while the Bulls goes to 9-3-3 overall and 2-2-3 in the league.
Ball State, which leads the MAC in shots, registered 33 shots in the tie, including a dominating 14-1 advantage in the second half. Junior forward Paige Stroinski (Granger, Ind./Penn) and freshman midfielder Ellie Chadick (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) led the attack with seven shots apiece, which freshman Hannah Chadick (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) posted a team-high four shots on goal.
Buffalo held the wind advantage in the first half as it played with the 30 mile per hour wind at its back. The first half was evenly played with Cardinals only holding a 10-8 advantage in shots after the first 45 minutes of play.
Ball State turned the pressure up in the second half as it had the wind and dominated play. The Cardinals came within inches of scoring in the 56th minute as junior Skylar Chew (Mason, Ohio/Mason) ripped a shot from 15 yards after a set piece, but Buffalo goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon punched it over the cross bar.
Wheldon came up once again in the 80th minute of play as junior Maggie Brown (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) found space from 10 yards out and ripped a shot towards the top corner, but Wheldon got her fingertips on the shot to send it just wide. The Cardinals pressed until the final seconds of regulation as Chew had a shot sail over the cross bar in the 89th minute off a corner kick.
Ball State looked as if it had scored the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute as Hannah Chadick got behind the defense and beat Wheldon, but she was ruled just offside and the goal was disallowed.
Buffalo had its best chance to win the game in the 98th minute as it was awarded a free kick at the top of the 18-yard box. Sophie Therien stepped up to blast a shot from the top of the box only to see Stroinski get in front of the attempt for a crucial block to keep the game scoreless.
Ball State once again came within inches in the 99th minute as it built up play as Hannah Chadick attacked the UB defense. She sent a ball into the box where junior Shaniece Thorpe (Westmoreland, Jamaica/WVIT) set it up for freshman Pavla Benyrova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Prague 9) who ripped a shot from 10 yards out towards the far post but Wheldon just got enough of the ball to send it wide.
The Cardinals last scoring chance came in the 109th minute of play as they almost took advantage of a Buffalo miscue. The ball was sent towards the top of the 18-yard box where Hannah Chadick lifted it over an on-charging Wheldon but her shot was cleared off the goal line by a Buffalo defender to seal the scoreless tie.
Wheldon posted 11 saves in the tie while junior goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler (Waukesha, Wis./UT Martin) added four saves for her fifth shutout of the year.
Ball State closes out the home portion of the 2011 regular season Sunday afternoon as it hosts MAC foe Kent State. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the Briner Sports Complex.