FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Ball State junior defender Brigit Reder (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) posted the fourth hat trick in program history Sunday afternoon to lead the Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over Lamar at the Hilton Garden Inn High Altitude Tournament on the campus of Northern Arizona. The five goals scored are the most for Ball State in a game since posting five against IPFW in 2007 (Aug. 31).
Reder, one of the Cardinals’ captains, posted three goals in the second half to become the first Cardinal since Amy Holst (Oct. 15, 2006 vs. Akron) to score three goals in a game. Reder found the back of the net twice in the 60th minute, just 42 seconds apart, and scored her third goal in the 88th minute to run her team-leading goal total to five.
Freshman forward Jasmine Moses (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) made her first career start and scored her first two collegiate goals in just her fifth career game. Moses opened the scoring in the 14th minute, scoring on her second career shot, before notching her second goal just 8:51 later in the 23rd minute.
Ball State (3-3-1) opened the scoring early for the second straight game as Moses scored in the 14th minute of her first career start. Moses got in behind the Lamar defense after a pass by freshman Becca Sutton (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) and beat Lamar goalkeeper Jennifer Gibbs one-on-one for the early lead.
After Lamar tied the game in the 18th minute, Moses struck once again in 23rd minute to give Ball State the lead back for good. The Cardinals had a free kick were Reder lofted it into the box. Junior midfielder Alyssa Ables (Huntertown, Ind./Shattuck St. Mary’s) was able to flick the ball towards the back post where Moses deposited it into the back of the net for her second career goal.
The Cardinals controlled play for most of the first half as they held an 8-4 advantage in shots, including a 6-1 edge in shots on goal in the first half. Ball State put its offense into overdrive early in the second half as it scored two goals in 42 seconds to extend its lead to 4-1.
Reder was the catalyst as she got her head on the end of a Sutton corner kick and drilled it past Gibbs for the 3-1 lead. Reder struck again in the same minute as she drove a free kick from 45 yards into the back of the net.
Reder completed her hat trick in the 88th minute to give the Cardinals a 5-1 lead. She struck off of a free kick for the second straight time rifling a shot from 25-yards out into the top left corner past Gibbs.
Ball State finished the game with an 18-7 advantage in shots, including a dominating 14-3 shots on goal edge. Junior goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler (Waukesha, Wis./UT Martin) tallied her second win of the season as she made two saves while Gibbs posted nine saves in the loss for Lamar.
Ball State returns home to the Briner Sports Complex Friday afternoon as the Cardinals host Marshall at 4 p.m.