BUFFALO, N.Y. –For the third-straight game, the Ohio soccer team (5-5-3, 3-1-2 MAC) would need extra time to decide the fate of their game, this time battling Mid-American Conference foe, Buffalo (9-4-0, 3-3-0 MAC) to a 2-1 overtime victory Sunday afternoon (Oct. 7) in Buffalo.
"We grew in confidence as the game went on," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "Buffalo is a challenging place to play and credit to them, but our team played an excellent second half and overtime and really pushed each other. We are so proud of the togetherness of this group."
Ohio registered the first attempt of the game, when Maria Collica (Solon, Ohio) fired a shot that was blocked in the first minute. Buffalo would record the next attempt in the sixth minute on a ball that would go wide.
After the Bulls would record a header in the 15thminute that would be blocked, Buffalo would strike first, with Marcy Barberic beating starting keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to the right corner to put UB up 1-0.
After the goal, UB would register the next three attempts of the game. Then in the 39thminute Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would fire a shot at the Buffalo net, forcing the Bulls' keeper to make the save, to send the game to the half with the Bobcats trailing 1-0.
At the half, Ohio was outshot six to two, while also recording one shot on goal compared to UB's two.
In net, Malham allowed one goal and one save in the first 45 minutes.
The Bulls would get the first attempt in the second half when in the 51stminute, they would release a shot that would go wide.
Ohio would then start to attack, registering the next three attempts, with Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) forcing the UB keeper to make a save in the 52ndminute. Leckie would then register another shot and then in the 57thminute, Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) would record an attempt that would go high of the net, keeping the game at 1-0.
Ohio would continue to push, with Townsend and Dirrig both recording shots in the 60thand 65thminutes. Then as the second half began to wind down, Ohio would attack again, this time with Townsend registering a shot that would be blocked before Collica would collect the rebound and push the ball wide of the net in the 80thminute.
The pressure would finally pay off, when in the 88thminute, Leckie would record her second goal of the season. Leckie would receive the ball from Townsend and fire it past the keeper, tying the game at 1-1 and sending the game into overtime.
Buffalo would get the first chance in overtime, on a ball that would go wide of the net.
Ohio would then take over and put the pressure on the Bulls' defense again. Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.) would register a header off of a corner kick that would be blocked, before Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would record her own header that would also be blocked.
Then in the 97thminute, the chances would pay off, when Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would collect the UB turnover and fire the ball past the Buffalo keeper, scoring the game-winner and sealing the two points for the Bobcats in the 2-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio outshot Buffalo, 16 to nine, with the Bobcats recording five shots on goal, compared to UB's three.
Townsend registered four shots, with one on goal and one assist, while Leckie recorded one goal on three shots off the bench. Milesky registered one goal on two shots, while Kah, Collica, Dirrig all recorded two shots each.
In net, Malham allowed one goal and registered two saves in 97 minutes in net.
Up next, the Bobcats return to action next weekend when the Bobcats head to Toledo to take on the Rockets on Friday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. Ohio wrapped up the weekend on Sunday, pct. 14 at Bowling Green. First touch is set for 1 p.m.