Posted: 4:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013
By Bryan M. Vance
We're previewing every MAC soccer team, men's and women's, leading up to the start of the 2013 season.
In three seasons under head coach Craig Roberts, the Ball St. women's soccer team has seen continual improvement. After a second-straight last place finish for the Cardinals in his initial season, Roberts led the them to a fourth place finish in the MAC West in 2011. He followed that up last season by leading Ball St. to a third place finish in the standings, and the team's first winning conference record since 2007. The Cardinals went 8-7-5 (5-3-3 MAC) in 2012, but missed the MAC tournament.
So how will 2013 look for the improving team? Well, it might be tough for it to continue its recent upward momentum. They lost seven starters from 2012, but by far the biggest piece missing is defender's Skylar Chew. and Brigit Reder. Chew wrapped up her collegiate career last season, finishing with 68 career starts as a Cardinal. Reder finished seventh in team history in goal's scored with 11, and first in minutes played. The team will also have to do without starting goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler.
The team does get back two important pieces in defender Victoria Jacobs, and midfielder Maimee Morris. Morris led the Cardinals in shots and was fifth on the team in points. They also have some of their key offensive weapons back. Nicole Pembleton led the squad with four goals and nine points in 2012 and is just a junior. Fellow forward Jasmine Moses, the team's second leading offensive weapon with three goals and six points, is also only a junior.
|Fri, Aug. 16||@ Butler (Exhibition)||6:30 p.m.|
|Fri, Aug. 23||vs. Northern Iowa||4:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Aug. 25||vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Aug. 30||@ IPFW||5:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Sep. 6||vs. Eastern Illinois||4:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Sep. 8||vs. Tennessee Tech||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Sep. 13||@ Colorado College||6:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Sep. 15||@ Air Force||2:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Sep. 20||@ IUPUI||7:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Sep. 27||@ Buffalo*||7:30 p.m.|
|Sen, Sep. 29||@ Akron*||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Oct. 4||vs. Kent State*||4:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Oct. 6||vs. Ohio*||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Oct. 11||@ EMU*||4:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Oct. 13||@ WMU*||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Oct. 18||vs. Toledo*||4:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Oct 20||vs. NIU*||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri, Oct. 25||@ Bowling Green*||7:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Oct. 27||@ CMU*||3:00 p.m.|
|Thu, OCt. 31||vs. Miami*||3:00 p.m.|