CLEVELAND, Ohio –The Ohio soccer team (2-4-1) continued action on Friday (Sept. 7), falling to Cleveland State (4-3-0), 4-0, on the road.
"We never want to experience games like this, but if we can learn from it, we will be better for it," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "Statistically, it was dead even. Cleveland State competed at a high level and took their chances well. We look forward to Sunday when we get to honor our seniors."
The Vikings would get the first attempt of the game in the sixth minute, on a shot that would force starting keeper, Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to record her first save of the game.
Cleveland State would strike first in the 10thminute, on a goal by McKenna Vento, giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead with 35 minutes left in the first half.
Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would get the first attempt for the Bobcats in the 16thminute, on a ball that would go wide left of the net. The Bobcats would record the next attempt in the 23rdminute on a ball from Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) that would be blocked by the CSU defense.
Cleveland State would record the next attempt in the 28thminute on a ball that would go right. Minutes later, the Vikings would add on, taking a 2-0 lead on a goal from Jenna Prathapa in the 30thminute.
Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) would get the next attempt for Ohio in the 34thminute, however, the ball would be blocked by the Cleveland State defense.
After the shot by Townsend, there would be little offensive action from either side for the remainder of the first half, sending the game to halftime with Cleveland State leading, 2-0.
At the half, Ohio recorded three shots, with Townsend, Hueber and Leckie all recording one. In net, Malham allowed two goals and registered one save in the first 45 minutes of play. For Cleveland State, the Vikings recorded five shots, with three on goal.
Cleveland State would record the first two shots in the second half, the first one would be stopped by Malham, and the second one would be blocked by the Bobcat defense, keeping the game at 2-0 in the 50thminute.
After two more shots from the CSU offense, the Vikings would add on, taking a 3-0 lead in the 54thminute off a goal from Sydney Duggan.
The Bobcats would register their first shot of the half in the 59thminute, on a header from Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.) that would go just hit of the net. Moments later, Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would register a shot of her own on a ball that would force the CSU keeper to make her first save of the game.
Another shot form Ohio would come in the 61stminute, when Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.) would fire the ball just wide right of the post.
After a shot from CSU is blocked, Kah would register another attempt for the Bobcats in the 65thminute, on a ball that would be blocked by the Vikings' defense. Cleveland State would take a 4-0 lead in the 66thminute on a goal from Sarah Krause.
Another shot from Ohio would come on the 71stminute, on a ball that Macey Juguilon (Brunswick, Ohio) would fire just hit of the net. Then In the 82ndminute, Huber would register another shot, on a ball the forced the CSU keeper to make a save.
Taylor Dickerson (Cincinnati, Ohio) would add a shot of her own in the 87thminute, a header that would force the CSU keeper to record another save. Moments later, Morgan Collica (Aurora, Ohio) would register an attempt, however the Vikings' keeper would once again make the save to keep the ball out of the back of the net. Then, with seconds remaining, Maeve Maloney (Lebanon, Ohio) would also record a shot, however the ball would go wide, and the game would come to an end with Cleveland State winning by the final of 4-0.
Overall, Ohio recorded 12 shots with four on goal, while CSU registered 12 shots with six on goal. In net, Malham allowed four goals and registered two saves.
Up next, the Bobcats wrap up non-conference play on Sunday, Sept. 9 when Ohio plays host to Wright State. First touch is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field. Sunday will also serve as the Bobcats' Senior Day, and Ohio's eight seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game.