OXFORD, Ohio – Led by a six-point day from sophomore Abby Townsend, the Ohio soccer team (10-6-1, 5-3-1 MAC) returned to action this afternoon (Oct. 24), defeating Mid-American Conference foe Miami (3-12-1, 2-6-1 MAC), 5-2. With the win, the Bobcats mark their first 10-win season since 2003.
"I am so proud of the effort and togetherness of this group," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "It starts with the seniors all the way down. We were very happy with how we set up to attack and control the tempo. We defended for the most part well. I know how much this team wants to compete and be their best for each other daily. We are looking forward to Sunday."
Ohio registered the first attempt of the game in the second minute on a ball from sophomore Townsend (Powell, Ohio) that went high of the net. However, it didn't take long for the Bobcats to strike, with Townsend coming right back in the sixth minute, putting the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, putting Ohio up 1-0 early.
After the goal, senior Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) recorded a shot of her own that forced the Miami keeper to make a save. Two minutes later, Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) recorded her own shot on goal that forced another save, keeping the game at 1-0.
The Miami offense put the pressure on the Bobcats in the 15th minute, recording four shots with one blocked and two of them forcing a team save for the Bobcats to keep the game at 1-0. Miami registered another shot in the 18th minute on a ball that went left of the net.
Moments later, Dirrig recorded her second attempt of the game, this one would go wide right of the net. Townsend recorded a shot in the 21st minute, which went wide right of the net. Freshman Maddie Young (Cincinnati, Ohio) would record her own attempt in the 21st minute, however her shot would be blocked by the Miami defense. Junior Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) added to the shot attempts moments later, this one forcing a save from the keeper to keep the game at 1-0.
Ohio struck again in the 31st minute when Young received the ball from Townsend, sending it to the high right corner of the net, putting the Bobcats up, 2-0, late in the first half.
Miami registered a shot on goal in the 33rd minute, forcing starting keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to make a save, keeping the game at, 2-0.
Ohio recorded two more attempts in the final moments of the half, with freshman Olivia Page (Springboro, Ohio) recording a shot on goal that forced a Miami save in the 43rd minute. Moments later, freshman Heather McGuire (Hamilton, Ohio) recorded her own shot, however it went high of the net, keeping the game at 1-0 as it entered the half.
At the half, Ohio outshot Miami, 11-7, with the RedHawks recording four corner kicks to the Bobcats zero.
The Bobcats opened the second half on fire with Townsend recording another shot in the first 30 seconds, forcing the Miami keeper to make a save. Moments later, Milesky recorded another attempt of her own, however, this one would be blocked by the Miami defense.
After little offense after the opening minutes of the half, the Bobcats struck again in the 58th minute, when Dirrig fired the ball past the keeper to put the Bobcats up 3-0. On the goal, Townsend picked up her second assist of the day.
The Bobcats weren't finished. On minute later, Townsend scored her scored goal of the game with an assist by senior Sydney Leckie (Media, Ohio), putting Ohio up 5-0.
Moments later, Milesky recorded another attempt, however it would be saved to keep the score at 5-0. The Bobcats kept putting pressure on the RedHawks, recording back-to-back shots in the 71st minute from Page and sophomore Taylor Dickerson (Cincinnati, Ohio), however the score would remain, 5-0.
Miami got on the board in the 83rd minute off an Ohio own goal. Then in the 86th minute, Miami would record another goal to cut the Ohio lead to 5-2.
The Bobcats recorded three more attempts over the final four minutes, they would not score, but the Bobcats would seal the 5-2 victory.
Overall, Ohio outshot Miami 23-10, with 11 shots on goal compared the Miami's four.
Individually, Townsend scored two goals and recorded two assists on five shots with three of them on goal. Dirrig scored one goal on three shots with two on goal, while Milesky registered three shots with two on goal. Collica added one goal on one shot, while Page recorded four shots with one on goal and Young scored on two shots with one on goal.
In net, Malham got the start, playing 73 minutes and did not allow a goal, while making one save. Sophomore Sam Wexell (Irwin, Pa.) played 16 minutes, allowing two goals.
Up next, the Bobcats head to Muncie, Ind. on Sunday, Oct. 27 to take on Ball State. First touch is set for 1 p.m.