MUNCIE, Ind.—In its final regular-season game, the Miami University women’s soccer team topped Ball State, 3-2, on a rainy Thursday afternoon in Muncie, Ind.
With a 10-6-3 overall record and a 7-1-3 mark in MAC play, the RedHawks will host a quarterfinal match in the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Price of admission to the game will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth.
“I’m very proud of the team’s performance today,” said head coach Bobby Kramig. “Despite difficult conditions, I thought we came in prepared and gave a very professional effort today.”
There was a flurry of action 30 minutes into the first half. Sophomore midfielder Jess Bronke headed in a goal at 31:41 after freshman forward/midfielder Taylor Jackson chipped the ball over the BSU defense. Just over a minute later, Ball State’s Elaina Musleh scored a goal to even the game at 1-1 at the 32:58 mark.
A little over six minutes before the half, senior forward/midfielder Katy Dolesh scored her seventh goal of the season off another Jackson assist to give the RedHawks a 2-1 lead and momentum heading into the break. Jackson’s attempt was tipped back out by the BSU goalkeeper and Dolesh followed up with the goal.
Miami took a two-goal lead at 71:56 when sophomore midfielder Katee Wensinger scored off an assist from junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges to put the RedHawks up 3-1. Wensinger beat the Cardinal goalkeeper in front of the net for the score. The Cardinals tacked on a late goal at the 86:00 mark, but Miami persevered for the 3-2 win.
“It was great to see our offense rewarded after all the hard work they’ve put in this past week in practice,” added Kramig. “I’m especially proud of Katee Wensinger and so pleased she was able to get a goal today. She’s been a terrific teammate all year, and she deserved to be rewarded.”
The Cardinals’ offensive attack kept senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg busy as she notched seven saves during the game and moved to 9-6-3 on the season.
Miami had nine shots on goal, with BSU’s Layne Schramm recording six saves. Ball State drops to 10-6-3 on the season and 5-4.2 in MAC play.
Miami is the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will host No. 7 seed Northern Illinois in a quarterfinal match on Sunday at 1 p.m.