AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio soccer team (7-5-1, 2-2-1 MAC) returned to action on Thursday night (Oct. 10), battling Akron (5-7-1, 2-2-1 MAC) to a 1-1 tie inside FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field.
"Proud of the team today in a tough match," head coach Aaron Rodgers said "Akron made it difficult for us to play and altered their shape to deal with our attack. We adjusted well in challenging circumstances traveling up on game day. We played some great soccer and created enough good chances to win, but couldn't quite get the final touch. I know with these performances we will be scoring more goals and getting some good results."
The Bobcats opened the game up with the first few attempts, starting with senior Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), who fired a shot at the net in the third minute, however, it would go wide. After the Bobcats had back-to-back corner kicks, sophomore Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) recorded the next Bobcat attempt in the ninth minute, a shot that forced the Akron keeper to make a save to keep the Bobcats off the board.
The Zips got their first attempt in the 12th minute, however the ball went wide of the net. Akron recorded another attempt in the 16th minute, however, starting keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) was there to make the save to keep the game scoreless.
After an attempt by Akron in the 20th minute, Townsend registered another attempt in the 23rd minute, forcing the Akron keeper to make another save. The Bobcats kept up the pressure, with freshman Olivia Page (Springboro, Ohio) and senior Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) both recording shots in the 31st and 34th minute, however neither ball would see the back of the net, keeping the game scoreless.
After an Akron shot in the 37th minute, the Bobcats' offense would put the pressure on the Zips in the final minutes of the half. Junior Konstantina Giannou (Riza, Greece) fired a shot that forced an Akron save in the 38th minute. Freshmen Olivia Darrow (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and Tristan Whalen (LaGrange, Ky.) also registered shots in the 40th minute, however neither would score and the game would go to the half with it tied at 0-0.
At the half, the Bobcats outshot Akron, eight to four through the first 45 minutes. Ohio recorded four shots on goal to Akron's one and took three corner kicks compared to the Zips' two.
Akron recorded the first attempt in the second half, which wouldn't come until the 56th minute, However, Malham would be there to make the stop, keeping the game scoreless.
The Bobcats struck in the 57th minute when Milesky, with the help of Whalen and Townsend, buried the ball into the back of the net, giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. The goal is the 18th of her career, moving her into fifth all-time in program history.
After the goal, sophomore Morgan Collica (Aurora, Ohio) forced the Akron keeper to make a save. After an Akron attempt and a shot on goal by senior Alli Miller (Dayton, Ohio), the Zips would tie the game at 1-1 in the 67th minute after a goal from Aislinn Meany.
After the Akron goal, another shot would not be recorded until Akron had back-to-back attempts in the 86th and 87th minute, with Malham making both saves to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Townsend recorded the last attempt in regulation, however it went wide of the net, sending the game into overtime with it tied at 1-1.
Neither team generated much offense during the first overtime period, with Townsend recording the only attempt in the 99th minute, which would force the Akron keeper to make the save to send the game to the second overtime.
Akron recorded the first shot in the second overtime period in the 101st minute, but the ball went wide of the net.
For the Bobcats, Page recorded an attempt of her own in the 107th minute, with the ball going high of the net.
Akron finished the game putting the pressure on the Ohio defense, recording two shots in the 109th minute, with Malham making the final save to finish the game in a 1-1 tie.
Overall, Ohio outshot Akron 14-12, with eight shots on goal compared to the Zips' seven. Ohio also had eight corner kicks, while Akron had four.
Overall, Milesky led Ohio with a goal on two shots, while Townsend added an assist on four shots with three on goal. Page added two shots with one on goal, while Whalen added an assist and one shot. Leckie, Collica, Darrow, Miller and Giannou all added shots for the Bobcats.
In net, Malham got the start, playing all 110 minutes while allowing one goal and making six saves.
Up next, the Bobcats return to Athens on Sunday, Oct. 13 to host Buffalo. First touch is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field. The game will also be the Bobcats Annual Pink Game.