TOLEDO, Ohio. –Led by Bryce Hueber's first goal of the season, the Ohio soccer team (6-5-3, 4-1-2 MAC) defeated Mid-American Conference foe, Toledo (8-4-2, 4-3-0 MAC) in regulation, 1-0, Friday afternoon (Oct. 12) in Toledo, helping extend Ohio's unbeaten streak to six games.
"The MAC is such a competitive conference, and you know you are going to be in for a challenge every game," Head coach Aaron Rodger's said. "Bryce Hueber gave us a magical moment with her goal off of her free kick and we were able to manage the game from that point on to get the win. Very proud of the togetherness of this group. It is so vital to the success in our tough conference."
Toledo came out charged with the first shot on goal recorded in the first minute and the second shot on goal recorded in the third minute, however both shots were saved by starting keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.). Ohio registered their first attempt of the game, when Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) fired a shot that was blocked in the 11thminute. Toledo would record the next two attempts, first in the 13thminute on a ball that was blocked, followed by a shot on goal in the 18thminute on a ball that was saved by Malham, her third of the half.
The Bobcats began to push back, recording a corner kick in the 23rdminute that would result in a shot by Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) that forced the Rockets' keeper to make a save. Soon after, in the 28thminute, the last attempt of the half was an Ohio shot by Leckie on a ball that would go wide.
At the half, Ohio was outshot five to three, while also recording one shot on goal compared to UT's three.
In net, Malham allowed no goals and three saves in the first 45 minutes.
The Bobcats would get the first attempt in the second half when in the 47thminute, they would release a shot that would be blocked. However, Ohio applied constant pressure that lead to a foul on Toledo resulting in a Bobcat goal off a free kick by Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the 49thminute, giving Ohio the 1-0 lead.
Toledo, urgent to respond, recorded the next shot attempt in the 50thminute, but Malham would not let it by, recording her fourth save of the game. Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.) recorded the next attempt for the Bobcats in the 62ndminute on a ball that would go wide. The Rockets were quick to push back registering the next two shot attempts. The first attempt occurred in the 65thminute on a shot that would go wide followed by the second attempt, again on a ball that would go wide, in the 76thminute.
The next two attempts, both by Maria Collica (Solon, Ohio), resulted in a shot that went high, but also forced the UT keeper to make a save in the 81stminute.
Toledo would continue to push, with a shot on goal attempt in the 82ndminute, but Malham recorded her fifth save of the game that kept the Bobcats ahead of the Rockets, 1-0, headed into the final two minutes of regulation.
In the Rockets final attempt to force an overtime period, a shot in the 88thminute went high of the goal post resulting in a Bobcat victory, 1-0 in the fourth week of MAC play.
Overall, Toledo outshot Ohio, 11 to eight, with the Rockets recording five shots on goal, compared to Ohio's three.
Leckie registered three shots, with none on goal, while Hueber registered one goal on one shot off the bench. Collica recorded two shots, one shot on goal while Santacaterina and Townsend recorded a shot apiece with Townsend also recording a shot on goal.
In net, Malham allowed no goals and registered five saves in 90 minutes in net.
Up next, the Bobcats return to action when they head to Bowling Green to wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 14. First touch is set for 1 p.m.