Women’s soccer drops final game on the road


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Jennifer Currie defending the Leatherneck ’s goal

Bradley Piros, Courier Staff

MUNCIE, Ind. – Western Illinois University women’s soccer lost their final game on their road trip Friday night to the Ball State University Cardinals, 3-0. The Leathernecks now fall to 0-7 for the season. Western is yet again disappointed with this result as they wanted to gain a couple wins over this weekend, but the good news is that they are finally back home.

Western hasn’t played a home game in over a month. The last game in Macomb was against the Northern Illinois University Huskies, which they barely lost 1-0. The Leathernecks are not happy to lose seven straights, but they sure are happy to be home again.

The final game on Western’s six game road trip was a one-sided game in the BSU Cardinals favor that is. BSU went on to outshoot Western 17-4, and 7-0 on goal. Western yet again had a lackluster night on offense, as they couldn’t find the back of the net. The beginning of the game was all Cardinals, as took three corner kicks and a couple shots on goal, and it didn’t take them long to take the lead.

BSU scored in the 25th minute due to some brilliant ball movement and key passes. The  icebreaking goal came from Sam Kambol, her second of the season, and was assisted by Emily Scott. The remainder of the first half was still all Cardinals as they went on to take many more shots and corner kicks. They created a ton of opportunities, but couldn’t finish any of them. Western did manage to get some offense throughout the half; however, all their shots ended up blocked. BSU  took their 1-0 lead into halftime as the Leathernecks went back to the locker rooms wondering what they can do to get back in the game.

It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to strike again, as they scored in the 52nd minute off a well-placed shot by Amanda Shaw, from about 15 yards out.

After this goal, Western actually pulled their keeper, Ines Palmiero, who has played almost every minute of every game, for Jennifer Currie. After this substitution, BSU went on to take six shots as the new goalie saved everything she saw. That was until the 71st minute when BSU went on to take a commanding 3-0 lead. It was Kambol’s second of the night, this time as she scores right inside the 18-yard box as she connected with a pass from Lucy Walton and picked a spot to put the ball in the net.

The Leathernecks are not happy with their performance and look to turn things around in their next upcoming games here in Macomb. After they play the Chicago State University Cougars, they will go on to play Drake on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m

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