Athens, Ohio – The Ohio soccer team (8-7-3, 6-3-2 MAC) fell to Mid-American Conference foe Kent State (10-7-2, 6-4-1), 1-0, Thursday afternoon (Oct. 25) inside Chessa Field. With the results of today's game, the Bobcats secured the number four seed in this year's MAC Tournament and will host a home game on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. against the fifth-seeded Kent State.
"We created some good chances and maybe another day we can finish those chances," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "It looks like we have to turn around and play them again on Sunday in the MAC Tournament, but now we know what to expect and we have seen what their very best was I think and we can raise our game a bit and gain the momentum we have had the last couple of weeks."
The Bobcats and the Golden Flashes both raced off to a fast start, both recording their first attempt of the game within the second minute on a shot that went wide for Kent State and a shot by Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) that was high. Kent State continued early pressure recording another shot on goal that went just wide followed shortly after by a pair of corner kicks. After heavy reliance on the Bobcat defense, Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) recorded her first shot attempt of the game that went just wide of the right post in the 19thminute and a shot on goal that was saved in the 25thminute.
Approaching the 35thminute, Kent State recorded their fifth shot of the game that went wide and their fifth corner kick, but the Ohio defense prevailed keeping the score tied at 0-0.
Just before the half, Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) would register her own attempt in the 41st minute, however, the ball would go just high of the net. With three seconds left in the half, a Kent State foul resulted in an Ohio free kick that could not be converted to a goal. The clock quickly winded down and the game would go into the half with Ohio and Kent State tied 0-0.
At the half, Kent State outshot Ohio, 6-4, however the Bobcats recorded one on goal, compared to Kent State's zero. Ohio has yet to tally a corner kick attempt, compared to Kent State's five.
Four minutes into the second half, Kent State would score off a rebound and a blocked shot giving Kent State a 1-0 lead. Ohio battling back, in an urgent attempt to score, would record their first corner kick of the game followed soon after with a header shot by Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) that went high of the post in the 53rdminute.
Continued urgency from Ohio, the Bobcats would record the next three shots on goal with Leckie registering two of the three in the 56thand 59thminute while Dirrig registered the third in the 57thminute but, all were saved by Kent State. In the 74thminute, Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio) would record a shot on goal attempt that was saved keeping the Golden Flashes ahead, 1-0, approaching 15 minutes left in regulation.
With under ten minutes left to play, Ohio offense continued to apply pressure with Maria Collica (Solon, Ohio) recording the Bobcats sixth shot on goal attempt and Victoria Breeden (Hudson, Ohio) recording the Bobcats seventh shot on goal attempt however Kent State would be there to save both shots and secure the 1-0 victory.
Overall, Kent State outshot Ohio, 12-11, however, Ohio registered seven shots on goal, compared to Kent States four.
Leckie led the way with four recorded shots, three on goal while Dirrig Sensky Collica and Breeden registered one shot on goal attempt apiece. Milesky and Townsend would contribute as well, registering one shot attempt apiece.
"I like our chances I mean our team has had a great season and we have been building for the MAC Tournament and been building to host a game in the MAC Tournament," Rogers said. "We have gotten those opportunities and now our next step is to win a MAC Tournament game."
Up next, Ohio will begin 2018 MAC Tournament play clinching the number fourth overall seed. The Bobcats stay in Athens to play host once again on MAC opponent Kent State, who clinched the five seed, for the first round of the 2018 MAC Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 28. First touch is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.