ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's soccer team (7-8-2, 3-4-2 MAC) started their home stand on a sunny Thursday afternoon when they took on Bowling Green (10-5-1, 5-3-1 MAC) at home that resulted in a 1-1 tie.
"The last 90 minutes of the game was phenomenal, I'm very proud of the players for that effort. You want to keep that intensity as we move forward on Sunday," head coach Aaron Rodgers said after the game.
The first shot for Ohio came in the sixth minute from Allie Curry that went wide. The Falcon's came out with strong offensive pressure as well, getting a corner opportunity in the ninth minute from Madison Schupbach. Shortly after, Schupbach was able to score an unassisted goal in the 11th minute to put the Falcon's ahead 1-0.
Bowling Green had many shot opportunities in the first half. One came from Sophia Barnes and went high, and another was attempted by Skyler Fleak in the 21st minute that also went high.
The Bobcats had their first corner kick in the 31st minute, taken by freshman Sara Kattainen (Tampere, Finland) that was intercepted by a Bowling Green header and prevented anything coming from the attempt.
Fleak would get another chance at a shot in the 36th minute that was saved by junior Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio.)
At the end of the first half, Bowling Green led Ohio 1-0. The Falcon's won the shot battle 9-4 with Curry, senior Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.), sophomore Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), and sophomore Oliva Sency (Medina, Ohio) each having one shot.
Beurket had three saves in the first half, and allowed one goal. The Bobcats and Bowling Green had two corner kick opportunities each.
"[We] just tried [to] help make play predictable by just readjusting a few things up front but they implemented it very well second half, they got some momentum going, and we almost took it at the end," assistant coach Debs Brereton commented on the adjustments made at halftime.
Ohio came out very aggressive to begin the second half of the match. Beurket saved a tough shot coming from Schupbach in the 47th minute. Ohio was able to get a shot on goal in the 48th minute from Kattainen that was saved by Victoria Cope. Kattainen then took the Bobcat's corner that led to a goal scored by Milesky off a header past the left of Cope. This was Milesky's second goal of the season, and evened the score at 1-1.
"I know that I'm strong with headers" Milesky said, "so getting to the corner I noticed that there was no one on back post, so I told Sara just to whip it in back post, and I was just there in the moment to smash it in."
The Falcon's had another shot in the 53rd minute coming from Erica Hubert that went high. Kattainen had a shot on goal in the 57th minute that was saved by Cope.
Ohio had three corner attempts in a two-minute period, each leading to good attempts that the Bobcat's did not score off. The first came from Ohio in the 70th minute taken by Curry, leading to a shot from Jaggers. Curry took another corner the minute after, where Milesky had the shot attempt that was saved by Cope. The last was taken by Kattainen leading to a shot from Jaggers that was saved.
At the end of regulation Ohio and Bowling Green were tied 1-1, heading into overtime. The Falcon's won the shot battle in regulation 17-15, but each finished with 8 shots on goal.
The first shot of the overtime period came from Fleak at the 92nd minute and went wide. Another was shot by Rachel Winters that went high in the 98th minute. At the end of that period the score remained 1-1.
Freshman Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) got the first shot in the second overtime period at the 102nd minute that went high. Sophomore Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) added the only other shot for Ohio that was saved by cope in the 109th minute. At the end of two periods of overtime, the final score was a 1-1 draw.
Overall, the Bobcats recorded 17 shots, with Milesky registering five shots and one goal, while Curry and Jaggers each recorded three shots, Kattainen with two, and Sency with one.
In net, Beurket allowed one goal and made seven saves in her 110 minutes of play.
The Bobcats continue their home stand on Sunday, Oct. 22 for a contest against the Toledo Rockets. First touch is set for 3 p.m. and the game will be Ohio's Senior Day.