Courtesy of Ball State Sports Information Department
Ball State 1, Detroit 1 - 9/8
HONOULU -- The Ball State soccer team played 110 minutes for the second night in a row Saturday, earning a 1-1 draw with Detroit in its second and final game at this weekend's Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic.
Unlike its tournament opener against Hawai'i when it scored an equalizer late in regulation, Ball State found the back of the net early Saturday. Sophomore forward Jasmine Moses scored on a pass from Maimee Morris in the eighth minute against Detroit and the Cardinals played with a lead for much of the night at the Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
It was the first goal of the year for Moses, who scored seven times last year on her way to Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team honors. Moses' goal helped Ball State run its record to 3-2-2 and finish its weekend trip with a pair of draws. Detroit is now 2-3-1 on the year.
"It was great to see the Jasmine from last year return back to us tonight," Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. "She was just really tenacious with a great performance for us to get the goal. Every single one of the girls did a tremendous job at their spots. They played with great character tonight after also going through a double-overtime period with Hawai'i the night before."
The Cardinals held the 1-0 lead until the 62nd minute when Detroit scored on a set piece from 30 yards out. Alyssa Riley took the entry from Sarah Durzis and played it on to Rebekah Dornbos, who found the right hand corner of the net to tie things up.
That was the last goal either team would score over the final 28 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. The Cardinals finished with eight shots on the night to six for Detroit, marking the sixth time in seven games Ball State has logged more shots than its opponent. The Cardinals put five of their eight shots on frame.
"Unfortunately we were not able to score more goals, but we'll keep working at it," Roberts said. "Our percentage of shots on goal has improved, and we know that we've really developed in that area. It's just about converting the goals now, but I think that will come."
The Cardinals' string of impressive defensive performances continued as Saturday's contest marked the sixth game in a row they have held an opponent to one goal or fewer.
Ball State was the second MAC opponent of the season for Detroit, which lost a tight 1-0 game earlier this year to Central Michigan, one of the preseason favorites in the MAC West.
"We are encouraged by the fact that some of the teams that have led the MAC in past years have had similar results to us so far," Roberts said. "Obviously the girls have played at that kind of level. We feel like we are right in the mix of things right now. We've really progressed and matured."
Moses, Sarah Orisich and Shaniece Thorpe led Ball State with two shots each Saturday, while Detroit's Haley Burtraw notched three of the Titans' six shots. Nora Abolins made four saves in goal for Detroit, while Aubrey Buehler made two for Ball State.
The Cardinals are now off until Sunday, Sept. 16 when they will return to the