MUNCIE, Ind. – Despite Allie Curry's fifth goal of the season, the Ohio soccer team (5-6-0, 2-1-0 MAC) dropped a 3-1 Mid-American Conference contest at Ball State (4-5-2, 2-0-1MAC) on Friday (Sept. 29).
"Credit to Ball State," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "They came out with great energy that we struggled to match. Ball State has been the best team in the conference over the past two years and they showed us why today. We have such great spirit in this group and we will rebound on Sunday. I'm confident of that."
Ball State would strike first in the early moments of the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the third minute off a header by Julia Elvbo.
The Bobcat offense would then start to attack, with Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) getting the first shot off for Ohio in the seventh minute. Moments later, Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would record her own shot, which would be blocked.
Starting keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) would make her first save of the game in the 12th minute off a BSU shot on goal.
The Bobcats would then get the next round of chances with Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) registering two shots on goal in the 17th and 20th minutes that would force the Cardinal keeper to make saves, keeping the game at 1-0. Then in the 25th minute, Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) would fire a shot that would be blocked by the Ball State defense.
After about 10 minutes of limited action, Ball State would record the next shot in the 36th minute, on a ball that would go high of the net. The Cardinals would register two more shots before the half was over, and the Bobcats would enter halftime trailing 1-0.
Through the first half, Ohio registered five shots with two of them on goal, while Ball State recorded six shots with two of them on goal.
Ball State would extend their lead in the early moments of the second half taking a 2-0 lead in the 46th minute after Elvbo scored her second header goal of the game. The Cardinals would add another goal in the 57th minute when Lauren Roll scored to give BSU a 3-0 lead.
Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) would enter the game in goal for the Bobcats in the 67th minute.
Ohio would get on the board in the 68th minute when Curry connected on her second penalty kick of the season, cutting the BSU lead to 3-1. The goal was Curry's fifth of the season.
Ball State would register two more shots before the game would end and the game would end by the final of 3-1.
Ohio registered six shots with three on goal, while Ball Sate recorded 12 shots with six on goal.
Curry registered one goal with two shots with one on goal. Milesky registered two shots with two of them on goal, while Kah and Jaggers both recorded a shot.
In net, Malham allowed three goals and registered two saves in 68 minutes, while Beurket played 22 minutes registering one save.
The Bobcats will look to rebound on Sunday, Oct. 1 when Ohio heads to Miami for a contest against the RedHawks. First touch is set for 1 p.m. at the Miami Soccer Field.