BGSU women’s soccer loses, draws during weekend

Tara Jones and Tara Jones

The BG women’s soccer team walked away with a 2-0 loss to Ball State and a 1-1 tie with Miami this weekend.

The Falcons now have an overall record of 0-14-2 and a MAC record of 0-8-2.

Ball State’s Victoria Jacobs scored just 37 seconds into the second half, breaking a 0-0 tie. Midway through the half, BSU’s Abbey Fiser scored to put the game away for the Cardinals. BG’s freshman goalkeeper, Jenna Ditusa, made her collegiate debut and made eight saves for the Falcons. Ball State had a narrow 19-18 advantage on shot attempts, but BG had the 2-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Cardinals advanced to 10-4-3 on the season and 5-2-2 in the MAC.

Head coach Lindsay Basalyga said Friday’s match was a “fun” match for both the coaches and the players. She added that her team has nothing to lose with what little season they have left and the players realized that and were able to have fun on the field.

“I’ve told [the players] all year that happiness comes before success and we’ve got to enjoy playing the game if we want to put ourselves in the position to win games,” Basalyga said.

The Falcons ended Sunday’s Senior Day match against Miami at a 1-1 tie after two overtimes. Miami struck first with an unassisted goal by Taylor Jackson just over three minutes into the second half. BG senior Kaitlyn Tobin retaliated with the Falcons’ lone goal assisted by Sidney Huth about two minutes later. Neither team scored the rest of the way, so the game ended at 1-1. Miami dominated in shot attempts, totaling 25 to BG’s 12, but the Falcons stayed in the game with freshman goalkeeper Jenna Ditusa’s saves. She earned eight saves while the RedHawks made none. Miami advanced to 9-6-3 overall and 6-1-3 in the MAC.

Tobin said it felt good to put up some stats on Senior Day. She said her team has been able to find a rhythm to settle themselves in offensively as they continue to look to establish themselves in practice.

“I’m just really proud of my team for staying focused and working hard until the last minute,” Tobin said.

Ditusa, who made eight saves in each match this weekend, said discipline is one of the team’s core values this season. She added that her team’s defense has been much more disciplined as the season progressed and has “come up big” in the last few games. She said she thinks the tie on Sunday will add momentum as the Falcons look to close out their regular season.

“Every positive result we get gives us a little more confidence,” Ditusa said. “I mean, we’ve had a long season. It’s been kind of tough, but … given this result against a top team like Miami, going into [the] next game I’m pretty positive.”

Coach Basalyga said she is proud of the fight and mentality shown by her team against the tough Miami team. Regarding the Senior Day celebration Sunday, Basalyga said she uses her seniors as examples in the locker room because of their commitment to the program despite their “nontraditional” journey.

“This is a group [of seniors] that hasn’t won many games and they easily could have shut down, but their leadership through the last couple of weeks of the season … that’s really what we’re going to miss,” Basalyga said. “They’re definitely paving the way for the players below them to show them what this picture should look like.”

The Falcons travel to Central Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 31 in their last regular-season match of the year. The match is set to kick off at 3 p.m.