What: Longwood Lancers vs. Ball State Cardinals
When: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. EST.
Where: Briner Sports Complex
Listen: SL Digital (mixlr.com/bsusportslink)
The Ball State Cardinals enter Saturday’s match at 2-14 (2-3 MAC), coming off of a 6-1 loss at #17 Northwestern this past Sunday and are currently on a 4 game losing streak.
The Cardinals have struggled in non-conference play this season large in part that Ball State has the toughest strength of schedule among all MAC teams. The Cardinals’ strength of schedule ranks 40th nationally and the next team in the MAC is Kent State at number 54. Ball State has played against six top 25 teams this season, a tough task under first year head coach Stephanie Bernthal. Even with a 2-12 overall record, it would be a great improvement upon Cardinals 1-5 MAC record in 2017, if they’re able to grab a win on Saturday and finish MAC play at .500 in Bernthal’s first season.
The most noteworthy contributions to the Cardinals 2018 season have been from Michelle Shampton and Rachel Pereira. Shampton is the team leader in goals accounting for four of the Cardinals 13 goals on the season, while Pereira has scored three herself. Shampton and Pereira have accounted for over 50% of the Cardinals offense.
The Lancers travel to Muncie with an 8-6 (3-2 MAC) record and currently sit third in the MAC.
The Lancers lost their last two outings, falling in overtime 2-1 at Villanova and then 2-1 in a shootout at Georgetown. Their last win came against Ohio on October 12, giving head coach Iain Byers his 100th career victory.
The Lancers are led by senior forward Leonie Verstraete. Her 10 goals this season are good for 25th in the NCAA. Verstraete could see a lot of opportunities to add to her goal and point totals on Saturday against a Cardinals team that has been outshot 300 to 104 this season.
Ball State and Longwood are set to face off at 1 p.m. from Briner’s Sports Complex on the brand new SL Digital platform. You can listen to the game on mixlr.com/bsusportslink.