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Women's soccer drops both games in Ball State Tournament

By Danny O'malley
On August 30, 2012

This past weekend the Xavier women's soccer team played in the 2012 Ball State Tournament, but lost both games.
On Friday, the team matched up against Western Kentucky, where they were shut out 3-0.
It was clear after the game that the Musketeer offense was not performing well. They were able to produce one shot on goal throughout the course of the game, which came from freshman forward Erin McGauley.
McGauley tallied a total of three shots while junior forward Ashton Green had two shots. Sophomore defender Katie Schweer and junior forward Laura Rao each added one shot as well.
A bright spot from the team was seen in sophomore goalkeeper Katie Markesbery when she was able to put together 10 saves while allowing three goals.
The Musketeers defense struggled in this matchup and gave up 25 shots while 13 of them were on goal.
"I'm not so concerned about being out-shot," head coach Andy Sherwood said. "We went through that last year and still were in a lot of games. It's more about preventing some of these goals."
In Sunday's game, the Musketeers managed to battle the Ball State Cardinals to double-overtime where they would fall 2-1.
An outstanding performance was seen from Ashton Green when she was able to produce three shots, two of them being on goal, and scoring one unassisted goal during the competition. This was the only goal scored by the Musketeers throughout the weekend.
Sophomore midfielder Margaret Woods and freshman midfielder Kassidy Mikula each kicked a shot on goal.
Markesbery allowed two goals and prevented eight shots in the game.
The Musketeers were up 1-0 until the 79th minute when, after a collision with Markesbery, Ball State was able to net a crucial goal, allowing them to force overtime.
Ball State's Nicole Pembleton scored the golden goal after 18 minutes of overtime play.
The Cardinals shot 23 shots, where 10 of them were on goal.
This was the Musketeers' first tournament of the season. Prior to this weekend, the team has played in only two games against Miami (Ohio) and Lispcomb.
They entered the weekend with a record of 1-1 but unfortunately were unable to add any wins and now sit with a record of 1-3.
The team's next set of matchups are next week.
They play at IUPUI on Sunday, at Northern Kentucky on Tuesday and return to Cincinnati to play Indiana at home at the XU Soccer Complex.


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