BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Despite a push late in the second half, the fourth-seeded Ohio soccer team (9-8-3) would be unable to overcome a second half goal, falling to top-seeded Bowling Green (14-4-2), 1-0, Friday evening (Nov. 2) in the Mid-American Conference Semifinals.
The Bobcats finished the season with their first winning record since 2009 and their first trip to the MAC Tournament Semifinals since 2004.
"Very sad this season has ended," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "Congratulations to BG on a hard fought game and then advancing. I'm so proud of this team and the legacy that this senior class has created for this program. They should be proud of that they have accomplished together. This group has really embraced what togetherness in a team is really about."
Ohio would get the first attempt of the game in the third minute when a shot by Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would be blocked and go high of the net. Then in the sixth minute, Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would then fire a shot that would go just wide of the net, keeping the game at 0-0.
After the attempt by Milesky, Bowling Green would get the next two shots off, one which would be saved by starting keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.), and another that would be blocked in the eighth minute.
Them after a few minutes without much action, Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would then get the next attempt for the Bobcats, a header that would go wide.
The Falcons would then get off the next two attempts, both of which would be saved by Malham, keeping the game scoreless.
In the 34th minute, Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) would get the next attempt off for the Bobcats, on a ball that would force the Falcon keeper to make a save. Then, about 10 minutes later, the Bobcats would get the final attempt of the first half, when Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) would fire a shot off a Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) corner kick, but the shot would be blocked, sending the game to the half with the game tied at 0-0.
At the half, Ohio outshot Bowling Green, getting off five attempts compared to the Falcons' four. However, Bowling Green registered three shots on goal to Ohio's one.
In net, Malham did not allow a goal and made three saves in the first 45 minutes on the pitch.
Bowling Green opened the second half with the first attempt of the game, on a ball that would go wide of the net in the 49thminute.
Ohio would then respond in the 51st minute, with Kah getting a hold of the ball and sending it wide of the net.
The Falcon offense would then take over, getting the next three attempts over the next five minutes of the game. Malham would all three shot attempts from Bowling Green, keeping the game at 0-0.
Bowling Green would strike in the 68th minute when Jennifer Reyes would fire the ball from the left side of the box, tucking it just past a diving Malham, putting the Falcons up 1-0.
The Bobcats would keep pressing, getting the next attempt in the 74th minute on a ball from Hueber that would go wide. Then in the 82nd minute, Leckie would fire the ball to the net, forcing the Bowling Green keeper to make a save, keeping the game at 1-0.
Despite a late offensive push from the Bobcats, Ohio would be unable to score the equalizer, falling by the final of 1-0.
Bowling Green outshot the Bobcats, 11-8, with the Falcons recording eight shots on goal, compared to Ohio's two.
Individually, Leckie recorded two shots, with one on goal, while Kah also added two attempts. Townsend registered one attempt, with one shot on goal, while Milesky, Hueber and Daugerdas all recorded one shot.
In net, Malham was solid, allowing one goal and making seven saves while facing 11 shots in 90 minutes in goal.
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