MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team had its six-game unbeaten streak snapped Sunday afternoon as the Cardinals dropped a 2-0 decision to Mid-American Conference foe Kent State, despite out-shooting KSU 21-12 at the Briner Sports Complex as they hit the cross bar on three different occasions. The loss drops the Cardinals to 9-5-3 overall and 4-2-2 in MAC play while Kent State improves to 10-6-0 on the year and 4-4-0 in league play.
The Cardinals and Golden Flashes went back-and-forth in the first half with Ball State coming within inches of opening the scoring in the 26th minute. Freshman forward Hannah Chadick (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box past KSU goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood, but the ball slammed off the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.
Ball State had a prime chance in the 36th minute as freshman forward Nicole Pembleton (Mississauga, Ontario/Clarkson Secondary) was pulled down in the box for a BSU penalty kick. Junior defender Amanda Dreyfus (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) stepped up for the Cardinals and ripped a shot from the spot, but Sherwood was able to make a diving save on the penalty kick to keep the game scoreless.
Kent State used the momentum from the key save to score the game's first goal in the 41st minute off a counter attack. The Golden Flashes sent a ball to the midline where a BSU defender misplayed the ball allowing Megan Repas to run on to the turnover. Repas drove towards goal and ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box into the side netting past BSU goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler (Waukesha, Wis./UT Martin) for a 1-0 lead.
The Cardinals came out of the halftime break and took the play to the Golden Flashes as they registered eight shots in the first 15 minutes of the half. Freshman forward Jasmine Moses (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) once again had a stellar opportunity as the Cardinals had KSU on its heels. Moses was the recipient of a strong pass and found space from 15 yards out but her shot also ricocheted off the cross bar to keep it a one-goal game.
Kent State took advantage of a scoring opportunity on the counter attack in the 73rd minute. Repas was the beneficiary of a well-placed pass from Jaclyn Dutton as she was in alone on Buehler from 10 yards out and beat Buehler to the lower corner for the 2-0 lead.
Ball State tried to answer back just 1:03 later but was thwarted again by the cross bar. Hannah Chadick was the unlucky recipient of cross bar again as she beat a KSU defender and cracked a shot to the top corner, but it hit the underside of the cross bar and fell back into play by inches.
Moses led the Cardinals with four shots off the bench while Hannah Chadick registered two shots, both off the cross bar. Sherwood posted five saves in the shut out for Kent State while Buehler added five saves in the loss.
Ball State closes out the regular season with three straight road games beginning next Friday afternoon in Ypsilanti, Mich. The Cardinals will take on Eastern Michigan at 3 p.m.