BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite firing 18 shots, including 10 on goal, the Indiana women's soccer team fell to Ball State 1-0 on Sunday evening at Armstrong Stadium.
IU dropped to 2-1, while the Cardinals improved to 4-0.
"Its unfortunate to lose a game like that when you have so many chances," said head coach Mick Lyon. "You see your team out shoot the other team 18-1 and you expect things to be different."
Defense dominated the first nine minutes of the contest as neither team posted a shot.
The Hoosiers then began to get into the offensive flow, recording six shots, three on goal, over the next eight minutes. IU would have no luck though, as Ball State goalie Alison Becker would make two saves, while freshman Kristin Radcliffes saw her scoring opportunity clank off the right post.
"We had a number of chances today, but we did not do a good job of creativity with our shots," said Lyon. "All of our shots seemed to go right to their goalie."
IU's luck would not chance in the second half, as the Hoosiers saw Becker make six more saves. Radcliffe would have another shot hit the post at 50:47, while sophomore Megan Pipkens had an opportunity turned away at 60:31, as Becker was able to get a hand and deflect the midfielders shot away.
Ball State got its goal at 76:13 as Kate Nadalin took the feed from Dee Nocero and put it in the right corner.
Becker ended up with 10 saves on the night and ran her record to 4-0 on the season.
Indiana will return to action on Friday, Sept, 10, as the Hoosiers travel to Florida to participate in the Miami Invitational. IU will face Florida International and nationally ranked Auburn in the weekend tournament.