KENT, Ohio – Despite falling to Kent State (13-5-1, 9-2-0 MAC), 2-1 on Thursday afternoon, the Ohio Women's Soccer team (7-10-2, 4-5-2 MAC) will return to the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time since 2013. The Bobcats wrapped up the eighth seed and will take on Kent State on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.
"First off, congratulations to Kent State for winning the regular season title today," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "They're a very good team. I think we showed that we can compete with anyone on their field. Knowing that they were competing for the championship, we were fighting for our MAC lives as well. We were able to come out and play a great game. It shows how committed this group is and how hard they've been working to accomplish their goal. We didn't' get the result today, but the MAC Tournament isn't selected off one game, it's selected from all 11 games and we did what we had to do. We collected enough points, some of the most points that Ohio women's soccer has had in a long time and we certainly deserve to be in the tournament. We're very proud for the seniors. They've worked really hard these last three years to come in and be able to compete in the MAC Tournament their final season."
Kent State opened the game with the first two shots. The first one came in the second minute on a ball that was saved by starting keeper Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio). The next one came in the fourth minute off a corner kick on a ball that was also stopped by Beurket. She would then register another save in the sixth minute, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
The Bobcats would register their first shot of the game in the in the 14th minute would off a free kick, Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) would get her foot on the ball in front of the net, but the Kent State keeper would be able to scoop up the shot.
Curry would register another shot in the 16th minute on a ball that would go high of the net. Ohio's best chance came in the 18th minute when Curry would fire the ball at the net from 30-yard out, and the KSU keeper would just manage to get her hands on the ball, tipping it over the top of the goal, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
Kent State would take a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute on a goal by Kristen Brots after she received the ball from Donavan Capehart just 10 yards in front of the net, and push it past a diving Beurket.
Kent State would get the next two shots of the game, one in the 32nd minute on a ball that would be just stopped by a diving Beurket, keeping the game at 1-0. Then moments later, The Flashes would get a hold of another ball, sending hit high over the net.
The Bobcats would register a shot in the 35th minute on a ball by Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) that would just go wide of the net.
Moments later, Kent State would get another shot on a ball that would be fired high of the net.
The next attempt for the Bobcats would come in the 40th minute when Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) would take the ball from the far-left side of the field and fire it at the net, forcing the keeper to snag the ball, keeping the game at 1-0.
Kent would get the next two shots in the final minute of the game, with the first one going high in the 42nd minute, and the next ball going wide of the net in the 43rd minute.
The attempts by Kent State would be the final attempts of the first half, and the game would go to halftime with the Golden Flashes leading 1-0.
In the first half, the Bobcats registered five shots with three on goal, while Kent State recorded 11 shots with six of them on goal.
In net, Beurket allowed one goal while making five saves on 11 shots faced.
Kent State would get the first shot off in the second half on a ball fired right towards the net in 47th minute, fortunately Beurket would be right there to stop the shot.
The Bobcats would get their first shot of the second half in the 56th minute when Knorr once again got a hold of the ball and fired it at close range, forcing the KSU keeper to make the save to keep the game 1-0.
The next attempt of the game came in the 67th minute when KSU took the ball on a break-away and fired the ball at Beurket, who was able to read the shot and snag the ball, keeping the game at 1-0. KSU would register another attempt in the 73rd minute, when Beurket would register another save.
After Kent State added a shot that would go high in the 74th minute, the Flashes would take a 2-0 lead in the 76th minute, on a header goal by Maddie Holmes.
The Bobcats added a shot in the 77th minute when Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.) fired the ball to the net, but it would go just high. The Bobcats would add another shot moments later when Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) fired the ball just wide of the net.
The Bobcats would cut the score in half in the 82nd minute when Daugerdas scored on a breakaway. It was her first goal of the season and Eades and Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) both picked up assists on the goal.
Kent State would add another shot in the 84th minute on a ball that would go just wide of the net.
In the 87th minute, Victoria Breeden would register her own shot on goal, when she sent the ball towards the net, forcing the KSU keeper to come out of the net to make the save, keeping the game at 2-1.
The shot by Breeden would be the final attempt by either team, and the Bobcats would fall by the final of 2-1.
Overall, Ohio registered 10 shots, with six of them on goal. Curry recorded three shots, two on goal, while Knoor recorded two shots with one on goal. Daugerdas registered two shots and one goal, while Eades recorded an assist and one shot. Arnzen, and Breeden both record one shot each.
"It's good for us," Rodgers said on playing Kent State in back-to-back games. "We know the things that we did really well in this game and we can see the things that we can approve on. We know what they're going to bring. Watching video is one thing, but actually playing them live you can see some things. They're a good team and they deserve to champions of the regular season. We don't' fear anyone. We can play with anyone and we saw that here today."
The Bobcats will come right back to Kent on Sunday, Oct. 29 when the eighth-seeded Bobcats take on the top-seeded Kent State. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Dix Stadium.