YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Ohio soccer team (3-5-1, 1-1 MAC) continued Mid-American Conference play on Sunday (Sept. 23), defeating Eastern Michigan (6-5, 1-1 MAC), 2-1, to pick up their first conference win of the season.
"Our team showed such great resilience today after the disappointment of Friday night," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "EMU has two of the best forwards in the league and our team defended them very well. Mandy Arnzen and Sydney Malham had great games in the back and we scored two clinical goals. This was a great effort from our entire team and is the type of effort we need every week to accomplish our team goals."
The Bobcats would get off to a quick start, with Ohio registering the first shot of the game in the third minutes, on a ball by Maria Collica (Solon, Ohio) that was blocked by the EMU defense. The Bobcats would continue to push on the offensive side, with Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) recording two shots back-to-back in the fifth minute that forced the EMU keeper to make two saves. Then after a corner kick, Collica would record her second shot of the game, a header that would go just wide of the net.
The Bobcats would continue to put pressure on the EMU defense, with Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) registering back-to-back shots, followed by another attempt from Kah. Unfortunately, the Eagles would strike first, when Kristin Nason scored on a ball that was played into the box, putting EMU up 1-0 in the 19th minute.
After the EMU goal, the Eagles would make another push on defense, recording four-straight shots, with the last one coming in the 28th minute that forces starting keeper, Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to make a save.
The Bobcats would then strike moments later, with Townsend scoring in the 33rd minute, tying the game at 1-1 late in the first half.
After the goal by Townsend, the Bobcats and Eagles would trade shots, with Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) and Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) both recording one in the 38th and 39th minutes. Macey Juguilon (Brunswick, Ohio) would also record a shot on goal in the 42nd minute, on an attempt that would force the EMU keeper to make a save, keeping the game tied at 1-1 as the game entered halftime.
At the half, the Bobcats outshot Eastern Michigan 12-8, with the Bobcats recording seven shots on goal to EMU's four.
The Bobcats wouldn't waste any time in the second period, when in the 49th minute, Milesky would head a ball from Victoria Breeden past the keeper, putting Ohio up 2-1 early in the second half.
Moments later, Kah would record her fifth shot of the game, however it would go just wide of the net. Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio) would also register a shot for the Bobcats, a ball that would go wide of the net in the 56th minute.
The Eagles would then start to pressure offensively, registering two-straight shots in the 57th minute. Sydney Leckie (Media, Ohio) would then get an attempt of her own in the 69th minute, but the ball would be blocked by the EMU defense.
The final 20 minutes of play would see the Eagle get the last four attempts of the game, including a shot in the 83rd minute that would force Malham to make a save, to old the Bobcats lead and help Ohio seal the 2-1 victory.
Overall, the Bobcats out shot EMU, 16-15, with eight shots on goal, compared to EMU's seven.
Overall, Kah registered five shots, with four on goal and an assist. Townsend registered three shots and a goal, while Milesky recorded a goal on two shots.
In net, Malham allowed one goal on 15 shots faced, while making six saves in 90 minutes of action.
Up next, the Bobcats return to Athens next weekend to continue MAC play. The Bobcats are set to take on Miami on Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. at Chessa Field. The Bobcats will wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. against Ball State. Sunday will also serve as Ohio's Senior Day.