HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Ohio women's soccer team (2-1-0) returned to action Friday night (Aug. 25,) facing off against High Point (2-1-0) under the lights inside Vert Stadium. The Bobcats would fall to High Point, 1-0, on a first half goal by the Panthers.
"We're disappointed in the result tonight," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "But give credit to High Point on a gritty performance. They got an early lead and held on until the end. We created a number of chances and had the ball in dangerous positions, we just didn't have the final piece."
High Point would get the first shot off in the game just three minutes in, however the attempt would go high. Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) would come back down the pitch and get her own shot off that would force the Panther keeper to make an early save.
Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) would register Ohio's next shot in the seventh minute that would go high. Then after 10 minutes of little offense, Hueber would get her second shot of the game in the 17th minute on a ball that would go high of the net.
High Point would take a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when Paige Rombach scored on a penalty kick.
Over the next 10 minutes, Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) and Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) would both get shots off that would be blocked by the Panther defense, keeping the score still 1-0 through 33 minutes of play. Then in the 40th minute, Jaggers would get her second shot of the game on a ball that would force the High Point keeper to make a save.
The Bobcat offense would keep pressing and in the final second of the half, Ohio would take a corner kick. Macey Juguilon (Brunswick, Ohio) would be able to get a hold of a ball for a shot that would be blocked, and the Bobcats would go to the half trailing 1-0.
In the first half, Ohio registered seven shots with two of them on goal, while the defense would hold High Point to two shots with one on goal.
The Bobcats would get the first shot off in the start of the second half, with Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) firing a shot high just seconds in.
High Point would respond, getting two shots off after a corner kick in the 47th minute. The first shot would be blocked with the just one going high of the goal.
In the 53rd minute, Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) would register another save when she stopped the Panther shot on goal, keeping the game 1-0.
The Ohio offense would then kick into gear in the 55th minute, starting with a Jaggers shot that would force the High Point keeper to make a save. Then in the 59th minute, Curry would get a shot off that would be blocked, allowing Paige Knorr to take the corner kick for Ohio. Curry would get ahold of the ball and fire another shot off that would hit the post.
Then in the 61st minute, Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) would force a shot wide, and then minutes later, Leckie would register a shot that would hit off the cross bar.
In the 71st minute, Curry would record two-straight shots. However, both would be blocked by the High Point defense, keeping the game, 1-0.
Then after High Point would record a shot, Hueber would register another attempt that would force a save. Six minutes later in the 86th minute, Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would force HPU to make another save on a shot on goal.
Ohio would continue to press and still in the 86th minute, off of two-straight Ohio corner kicks, Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) would record a shot that would be saved, keeping the score 1-0.
A minute later, Hueber would register another shot on goal that would force the keeper to make a save, however, it would be the last chance the Bobcat offense would get, and Ohio would fall by the final of 1-0.
Overall, Ohio recorded 20 shots with seven of them on goal. Curry would record five shots and Hueber would register four with three of them on goal. Jaggers would record four shots with two of them on goal and Leckie would register two. Kah, Milesky, Eade, Juguilon and Daugerdas would all record a shot.
In net, Beurket would get the start, allowing one goal on seven shots faced and registering one save in 90 minutes of work.
"We will learn from this for sure," Rodgers said. "That's why we play a challenging nonconference schedule."
The Bobcats are back in action on Sunday, Aug. 27 when they return to Athens to face off against Cleveland State. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Chessa Field.