Saturday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Ball State 3, Duquesne 2
Nevada 3, Eastern Michigan 0Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments
Ball State 3, Duquesne 2
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Ball State soccer team won its third straight road game and improved to 6-2-0 on the season with a 3-2 victory at Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne at Rooney Field Saturday afternoon in the final game of a six-game road swing. The Cardinals scored two second half goals just 43 seconds apart to give them their fourth road win of the season.
"We were pleased with our offensive play this afternoon," first-year head coach Craig Roberts said. "We are pretty demanding in our expectations as a team and we are getting closer to playing an entire game. We were able to play some younger players today and overall had a good performance in our final tune-up before conference action begins."
Redshirt sophomore Abby Milillo (Fairfield, Ohio/Badin) had a breakout performance as she tallied a career-high five points in the victory on the strength of two goals and one assist. Milillo, who entered the game with four career points, notched her first goal of the year in the 24th minute before gaining her second in the 71st minute of play. She becomes the second Cardinal this season to record two goals in a game, joining senior Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall Univ.) who accomplished the feat at IUPUI.
Duquesne (3-4-1) opened the scoring first in the 18th minute of play as Paige Maroney found Gia Marino 10-yards out. Marino was able to beat freshman goalkeeper Layne Schramm (The Colony, Texas/The Colony) for the early 1-0 lead.
The BSU deficit would not last long as Milillo struck in the 24th minute of play. She got the ball outside the 18-yard box and cut across the top of the box before blasting a shot past Duquesne goalkeeper Ashley Szalwinski to knot the game at 1-1.
The game would remain tied until midway through the second half. Milillo put the Cardinals back in front for good as she dribbled down the right hand side and once again found the back of the net for the 2-1 lead.
Ball State got an insurance goal only 43 seconds later as Milillo found classmate Sarah Orisich (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North) in the box. Orisich dribbled around Szalwinski for her third goal in as many games with all three goals being game-winning tallies. She has scored the game-clinching goals against Southeast Missouri, Western Kentucky and now Duquesne.
The Dukes kept the pressure on in the final 10 minutes of the game as they narrowed the gap to 3-2 with a goal in the 88th minute of play. Rachel Laraway scored off a header in the box but the Cardinals were able to hold off Duquesne in the closing minutes for the victory.
Ball State out-shot the Dukes by a 19-14 margin. Schramm picked up her first career victory as she played a career-high 90 minutes and made three saves. Szalwinski was charged with the loss despite making seven saves for Duquesne.
The Cardinals open return home for the first time since Aug. 22 as they open Mid-American Conference play Friday afternoon when they host Western Michigan. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at the BSU Soccer Field.Nevada 3, Eastern Michigan 0
RENO, Nev. - Senior Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair) set the all-time saves record at Eastern Michigan University in a, 3-0, setback to host Nevada in the non-conference and Wolf Pack Invitational finale at Mackay Stadium Saturday, Sept. 18.
Budani needed just eight saves entering the contest to eclipse the previous mark of 312 set by Nikki Allen ('04) and made 11 stops, giving her 315 to date. For the season, the Whitby, Ontario native has made 74 saves through nine matches, an average of 8.2 saves per match.
With the loss, EMU falls to 3-5-1 on the season while Nevada moves to 5-3-1.
After a scoreless first half, the Wolf Pack posted three goals in a span of 32 minutes with Natalie Ratnavira coming off the bench to lead the way with two scores, giving her three goals on the season. Both goals came consecutively in the 56th and 68th minutes with Kori Disarunfino adding one more for good measure in the 77th minute.
Chelsea Detrick (Grosse Pointe, Mich.-North) recorded three shots to lead the Green and White, putting two on goal as the Eagles were outshot 14-8 in the match. It was the third straight loss for EMU as they close non-conference play.
The Eagles will be back in action Friday, Sept. 24, as they host Ohio University in the Mid-American Conference opener. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. at Scicluna Field.