ATHENS, Ohio– Thanks to a goal from senior Alivia Milesky with 38 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, the Ohio soccer team (3-0-0) defeated Cleveland State (1-1-1), 2-1, Friday evening at Chessa Field. The victory moved the Bobcats to 3-0 on the season.
It is the first time in program history that the Bobcats have started the season 3-0-0.
"This group has such a great culture and a commitment to each other," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "I also really give this to the legacy of the players that came before them. The seniors last year and the seniors before them. They really helped create this culture of players wanting to do what is best for the team and not be the best on the team. When we are all pushing to make each other better, we're going to be better in turn. It goes back years. I'm really proud."
Ohio opened up the offense in the second minute with a Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) attempt that went just high of the net. The Bobcats continued the pressure with junior Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.) firing a shot just over the net in the eighth minute.
Cleveland State got the first attempt in the 10th minute on a ball that would go just high. Milesky would continue to put pressure on CSU, recording another attempt in the 11th minute, forcing the CSU keeper to make the save.
After an attempt from senior Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) in the 15th minute, the Bobcats would continue to push. The pressure paid off in the 21st minute when sophomore Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) passed a perfect ball to freshman Maddie Young (Cincinnati, Ohio), who buried the ball in the back of the net, giving Ohio a 1-0 lead. Young's goal was the first official goal of her career.
After the goal, CSU registered a shot in the 33rd minute, however the ball would go wide of the net. The Vikings got one more shot off by the end of the half, this one in the 43rd minute, however this ball went high as well, sending the Bobcats into the half with a 1-0 lead.
In the first half, Ohio outshot the Vikings, 5-3.
Cleveland State came out on fire in the second half, erasing the Bobcats' lead in the 53rd minute off a goal from Elena Gutlove, tying the game at 1-1 early in the second half.
The Vikings continued to push in the second half, recording another shot in the 67th minute that forced keeper sophomore Sam Wexell (Irwin, Pa.) to make a save.
Ohio began to put pressure on again with Milesky recording a shot in the 69th minute that went over the top of the net. Moments later, freshman Oliva Darrow (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) had a shot of her own, but the one would be saved by the CSU keeper.
After limited action over the next 10 minutes, Milesky registered another attempt in the 79th minute, however this one again would go high of the net, keeping the scored tied at 1-1.
Darrow registered another attempt in the 83rd minute, however CSU would see the final shot of regulation, however, neither team would score, sending the game to overtime tied at 1-1.
Neither team recorded a shot in the first overtime period, however the Bobcats came out on fire in the second overtime.
After CSU recorded an attempt in the 110thminute, Townsend and Young would register their own shots moments later. However, both balls would go just wide of the net, keeping the game at 1-1.
In the 104thminute, Townsend fired the ball to the net, forcing the CSU keeper to make a save. In the 105thminute, Young would do the game, also forcing the Vikings' keeper to make a diving save.
The Bobcats' pressure would finally pay off, when with 38 seconds remaining, Townsend would receive the throw in from Leckie, who then fed a perfect pass to Milesky, who buried it into the back of the net, securing Ohio's 2-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio outshot CSU, 15-10. Meanwhile, the Vikings recorded nine corner kicks to the Bobcats' 3.
Milesky led the way, recording five shots with two on goal and one goal. Young registered one goal on three shots with two on goal, while Townsend registered two assists on three shots with one on goal. Darrow recorded two attempts with both on goal, while Santacaterina and Leckie both recorded attempts as well.
In net, Wexell got the start, playing all 109 minutes, allowing one goal in four attempts, while making three saves.
Up next, Ohio returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 1 when the Bobcats head to Huntington, W. Va. to take on Marshall. First touch is set for 1 p.m.