College Soccer

Ball State Women’s Soccer Plays Indiana to 1-1 Draw


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It was a second power conference opponent in nine days and a second quality result Sunday evening for the Ball State soccer team.

The Cardinals played Indiana to a 1-1 draw on the road, the same final score as last weekend’s contest at LSU. Ball State was six minutes away from polishing off a win Sunday before the Hoosiers scored late to force overtime, where the game ended in a tie.

“I thought we played very well and deserved to win the game,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “It was a performance that demanded respect. Our back line performed at a high level yet again, and we created a lot of chances offensively.”

Ball State (3-2-2) controlled play throughout the game, leading 8-3 in shots on goal, but Hoosier goalkeeper Sarah Stone stood up to the attack for most of the night. It was also a physical game with the Cardinals whistled for 15 fouls to Indiana’s seven.

The game was scoreless through 72 minutes until the waves of attack finally broke through for the Cardinals. Stone saved a look by Madison Oyer, but Chelsy Swackhamer was there for a rebound shot to score her first goal and put Ball State on top.

With the way Indiana (3-3-2) had struggled for scoring chances, it looked like that one-goal lead might hold up. But the Hoosiers were awarded a corner kick in the 84th minute that gave them a chance. They didn’t score directly off the corner, but the ball got loose in the box and Jessie Bujouves put it home for the tie.

That proved to be the final goal for either side. The Cardinals had some close chances late in the first overtime, including a bicycle kick from Swackhamer that deflected off the crossbar and a rebound shot from Abbey Fiser that was saved by Stone. Swackhamer’s shot was the second of the night to hit the crossbar; Chay McNitt did it in the first half.

“We nearly came through on this one,” Roberts said. “We had them on their back foot the whole game. Our players were disappointed we didn’t get the win, and I commend their attitude in regards to their expectations. We have come a long way in developing that culture; now we just need to finish.”

Sunday’s meeting was the first between Ball State and Indiana since 2007, and the all-time series between the teams remained even at 1-1-1. The Cardinals’ draw last weekend at LSU looks even more impressive now after the Tigers won Sunday over No. 15 Duke.

Ball State will close out the non-conference schedule next Sunday at Morehead State before opening Mid-American Conference play at home Sept. 25 against Eastern Michigan.