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Lindsay Kempf turned in a strong performance in the midfield.
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Soccer Falls at Central Michigan in Two Overtimes

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Central Michigan scored in the fourth minute of the second overtime period Sunday to hand the Ball State soccer team a 1-0 loss in Mid-American Conference action.

It was an evenly matched game between two teams that entered the day separated by just one point in the league standings. Ball State dropped to 10-5-3 (5-3-2 MAC) with the loss, while Central Michigan improved to 7-10-1 (7-3 MAC).

The Cardinals now have just one regular-season game remaining. They will host Miami University at 3 p.m. Thursday as they continue to fight for seeding in the MAC Tournament.

“We were disappointed with the ending today,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “We made a mistake and paid for it. The girls battled very hard all the way through, and we played really well defensively. I thought both teams were very even.”

Ball State had a scoring opportunity early in the second overtime period, but Cailey Starck’s attempt sailed just wide of the goal. Then, less than a minute later, Central Michigan’s Nicole Samuel wound up with the ball at close range off a pass from Samantha Maher and chipped it over the head of Ball State goalkeeper Layne Schramm and into the net for the game-winner.

It was the sixth overtime game of the season for Ball State -- all of them double-overtime -- and the Cardinals’ first loss in such a contest. Ball State is now 2-3-1 in games that have gone to extra time.

Schramm, who posted a shutout Friday at Bowling Green, had stopped each of the previous five shots she faced in the game and had not allowed a goal in 193 minutes of soccer on the weekend. Central Michigan logged 17 total shots on the day to eight for the Cardinals. The Chippewas also held an 8-5 advantage in corner kick opportunities.

Goalkeeper Grace LaBrecque earned the shutout for the Chippewas.

Madison Oyer and Kelsey Wendlandt each fired two shots to lead Ball State’s offensive attack, while Roberts credited Lindsay Kempf for helping the Cardinals control the midfield.

With one regular season game remaining, Ball State has secured a spot in the conference tournament. The Cardinals can earn as high as the No. 5 seed and will play a first-round road game in the event, which begins Sunday, Nov. 3.

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