NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Ohio soccer team (1-2-1) continued play at the 2018 Music City Invitational Sunday (Aug. 26) against host Vanderbilt (3-1-0), where the Bobcats would ultimately fall by the final of 2-1.
"Vanderbilt gave us everything we could ask for in an opponent today," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "I'm very proud of our team to show resilience the entire game and come back late. This was the accumulation of a four game road trip that really tested us and prepared us for what's to come. Very proud of this team and are ready to return home to play in front of our amazing Bobcat fans. And congratulations to Erin, Michelle and Rianna on being named to the all tournament team."
After about an hour and 20-minute lightening delay, the Bobcats and Vanderbilt finally got underway. Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) didn't take long to get the first shot of the game, firing the ball to the net in the second minute, forcing the Commodore keeper to make the early save.
Vanderbilt would counter, and take the ball down field and get on the board first just moments later when Madison Elwell on a ball just past the left post, putting the Commodores up 1-0 early.
After the goal, Vanderbilt would record the next five shots, forcing starting keeper Beurket to make three saves, the Ohio defense to block one and one that would go wide.
Ohio would register another attempt in the 20thminute, when Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) fired one at the net, but it would be blocked by the Vanderbilt defense.
Vanderbilt would register a shot in the 31stminute, on a ball that would be saved by Beurket.
Vanderbilt would add another shot before the end of the half, on the ball that would go high of the net in the 37thminute. Neither team would score at the end of the first half, and the game would go to halftime with Vanderbilt leading 1-0.
At the half, the Bobcats registered two shots, with one on goal. Milesky and Kah would record both attempts. In net, Beurket would allow one goal and make six saves through the first 45 minutes.
Vanderbilt would open the second half with a shot which would hit off the cross bar, keeping the game at 1-0.
After some back and forth through the next 20 minutes of the half, Vanderbilt would add on in the 63rdminute, when Kaylann Boyd would score to give The Commodores a 2-0 lead.
The Bobcats would finally strike in the 81stminute, when Milesky would receive the ball from Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) and head it past the Vanderbilt keeper, cutting the score to 2-1.
Moments later, in the 83rdminute, Knorr would record another attempt, firing the ball at the net, forcing the Vanderbilt keeper to make the save.
Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to make the full comeback over the final five minutes, and would fall by the final of 2-1.
Overall, the Bobcats would register four shots, with three on goal. Milesky would lead the way, registering one goal on two shots. Kah and Knorr would be register and attempt as well.
In net, Beurket would allow two goals and make nine saves on 18 shots faced through 90 minutes of action.
The Bobcats will return to Athens for the first time in 2018. Ohio opens the home portion of their schedule on Friday, Aug. 31 against Northern Kentucky at 4 p.m. Ohio will wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 2 when they take on Marshall at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.