ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio soccer team (4-5-3, 2-1-2) returned to action on Thursday (Oct. 4), taking on Mid-American Conference foe Akron (4-7-2, 1-3-1). The Bobcats and Zips would battle to a 0-0 double overtime draw on a rainy day at Chessa Field.
"It's always difficult conditions when it's raining really hard, the field is really soft and you're losing your footing," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "It can be a challenging game. But in soccer you have to deal with that from time to time. I think there were moments in the game where both teams struggled with the conditions. At the end of the day we battled through and we come away with a shutout, which was one of the goals coming into the game.
Akron would get off the first shot of the game early in the second minute, however, starting keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) would make the save to keep the game scoreless.
The Bobcats would then start to get in a groove, with Ohio's first attempt coming in the 12thminute on a shot my Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) that would go just high of the net. Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would then follow that attempt with one of her own, however, it would also go high of the net.
After Akron registered a shot in the 17thminute, the Bobcats would register the next four shots, with Milesky recording one, Sarina Dirrig (Powell,Ohio) would record two and Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) would send one that would first the Akron keeper to make a save, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
Akron would then go on an offensive attack, registering the next three attempts, with the last coming in the 41stminute. The ball would then go wide of the net, and send the game to the half with the Bobcats and Zips tied at 0-0.
At the half, the Bobcats and Zips were tied with six shots each, while Malham would register one save in the first 45 minutes.
The Bobcats would come out firing in the start of the second half, with Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio) firing the ball to the net, forcing a save from Akron in the 51stminute. However, Rianna Reese (Liberty Township, Ohio) would be right there to take the next shot, forcing Akron to make a spectacular save.
Moments later, Leckie would record a shot that would be blocked. Reese would then collect the rebound, sending the ball over the top of the net. Maria Collica (Solon, Ohio) would then take a shot of her own in the 54th minute, before Akron would take a shot in the 55thminute.
Reese would record back-to-back attempts in the 61stminute, before Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would take a shot that would be blocked in the 70thminute. With the game still scoreless, Townsend would take her second shot of the game in the 76thminute, but would be unable to score, helping send the game to overtime for the second-straight game.
Akron would register all three shots in the first overtime, however, would not score, sending he game into the second overtime period. Then the Zips would record the only attempt in the second overtime in the 105thminute, however Malham would make the save and seal the 0-0 tie.
Overall, the Bobcats outshot Akron 15-13, with Reese registering four attempts, followed by Milesky, Townsend and Dirrig who all had two attempts. Sensky, Kah and Collica also registered shots for the Bobcats.
In net, Malham played all 110 minutes and did not allow a goal while making four saves.
Up next, the Bobcats continue MAC play on the road when they head to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on the Bulls Sunday, Oct. 7. First touch is set for 12 p.m.