HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – The Ohio soccer team (4-0-0) continued its hot start to the 2019 season, defeating Marshall (1-3-0), 4-1, Sunday afternoon (Sept. 1) at Hoops Family Field.
"Marshall is always a tough place to play and we historically have not done well there," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "Our entire group has been so focused on how we want to play and how we want to work for each other. It was a tough game for us but our best qualities really showed well today. Excited to have a week to prepare for SIU."
The Bobcats opened the game firing, with sophomore Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) recording the first shot of the game in the second minute. Moments later, senior Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would record a shot off a corner kick that went wide of the net. Within moments, Leckie recorded her second shot of the game, however, this ball also went wide of the net, keeping the game at 0-0 early on.
The Bobcats continued to put pressure on the Marshall defense with Townsend, junior Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) and junior Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) all recording attempts that went high of the net. In the 10th minute, Knorr registered another shot, however, this one also went wide of the net. Townsend recorded another attempt in the 17th minute, this one forcing the Marshall keeper to make the save to keep the game scoreless.
After Dirrig recorded a shot in the 23rd minute that forced another save, the Bobcats pressure finally paid off in the 27th minute, when freshman Olivia Darrow (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), who entered the game just two minutes prior, scored unassisted giving Ohio a 1-0 lead. It was Darrow's first career goal.
Ohio did not let off the gas, with senior Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) firing a shot of her own at the net, forcing the Marshall keeper to make another save to keep it a one-goal game.
After another shot by Leckie, Marshall got their first attempts of the game in the 39th minute, with the first shot forcing junior keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to make a save. Marshall got another shot off moments later, however it would go wide of the net, keeping Ohio's 1-0 lead.
Neither team saw much action over the final five minutes of the half, sending the Bobcats to halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Overall, the Bobcats dominated the first half, with one goal on 12 shots, with five on goal, while Marshall recorded two shots with one on goal.
Marshall got the first attempt in the second half, however moments later, the Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in the 51stminute on an own goal from Marshall.
A goal is a goal. pic.twitter.com/q9wDgv0kdA— Ohio Soccer (@OhioWSoccer) September 1, 2019
Marshall started to put pressure on the Bobcats, recording back-to-back attempts in the 54th and 55th minutes before finally striking in the 57th minute, cutting the Ohio lead to 2-1.
The Bobcats started to push, with Dirrig recording a shot that forced the Marshall keeper to make a save before Milesky recorded a shot of her own that was blocked.
The Bobcats struck moments later when Dirrig received the pass from Townsend, burying it in the back up the net, giving Ohio a 3-1 lead in the 63rd minute.
Townsend ➡️Dirrig pic.twitter.com/otW5oiiHl5— Ohio Soccer (@OhioWSoccer) September 1, 2019
Not a full minute later, Ohio struck again, this time Darrow scored off an assist from junior Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.), giving Ohio a 4-1 lead.
After the Darrow goal, neither team would see much offense, with the Bobcats successfully closing out the game, giving them the 4-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio outshot Marshall 18-6, with Ohio putting 10 shots on goal compared to Marshall's four.
Darrow finished the game with two goals on two shots, while Dirrig finished the game with one goal on four shots with three on goal. Townsend finished the game with one assist, three shots and one on goal. Knorr, Leckie, Milesky and Santacaterina all recorded two attempts.
In net, Malham played all 90 minutes, allowing one goal and making two saves.
The Bobcats return to action Sunday, Sept. 8 when Ohio hosts Southern Illinois, First touch is set for 1p.m .at Chessa Field.