MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ohio soccer team (10-7-1, 5-4-1 MAC) returned to action Sunday afternoon (Oct. 27), falling to Mid-American Conference foe Ball State (14-4-0, 8-2-0 MAC), 2-1, in overtime.
"Very proud of our effort today and congrats to Ball State for the win," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "I feel we controlled so many moments in the game and put forth a good performance. But in the end, with two good teams battling, we need to have that extra focus in all moments. I'm looking forward to this week's training and preparation for our final regular season game at Kent State."
The Bobcats struck early, with junior Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) scoring in the fifth minute, giving Ohio an early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) picked up the assist on the goal, earning her seventh point on the weekend.
The Bobcats recorded the next attempt in the 10th minute when Townsend fired a shot at the net, forcing the Ball State keeper to make a save to keep it a one-goal lead.
The Cardinals recorded their first attempt in the 18th minute, however the Bobcats' defense would be there to block the shot. Then in the 25th minute, Townsend recorded another shot, however this one would go high of the net, keeping it a 1-0 game.
Ball State struck in the 27th minute on a Peighton Cook goal, knotting the game at 1-1.
Neither team registered an attempt until the 41st minute when Ball State fired the ball in at the Ohio goal, forcing junior goal keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to make the save to keep it a 1-1 game going into the half.
At the half, both teams scored on goal on three shots with two on goal. However, Ball State recorded three corner kicks compared to Ohio's zero.
The Bobcats recorded the first attempt of the second half, on a ball from sophomore Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio), who off of a free kick, fired the ball at the net, forcing the Ball State keeper to make the save to keep the game tied at 1-1. Sensky registered another shot off of a free kick in the 51st minute, however this attempt went just high of the net.
Ball State recorded their first attempt of the half in the 53rd minute on a ball that forced Malham to make another save.
The Bobcats recorded the next attempt of the game, this one in the 58th minute, when Townsend recorded another shot, forcing another Ball State save. Senior Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) recorded her own shot on goal moments later, forcing another save to keep the Bobcats from retaking the lead.
After a Ball State shot on goal in the 67th minute that forced another Malham save, Leckie recorded her second attempt of the game, which forced another Ball State save. Junior Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.) recorded an attempt of her own in the 71st minute, however the ball went just high of the net.
After 10 minutes of a defensive battle, Townsend recorded another shot in the 86th minute, however the ball would go high of the net. Neither team recorded another attempt and would send the game into overtime with it tied at 1-1.
Ball State recorded the first attempt of overtime, firing a ball at Malham in the 90th minute, forcing her to make another save to keep the game at 1-1. However, the Cardinals' pressure would pay off, when moments later Nicky Potts scored to give Ball State the 2-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio outshot Ball State, 10-7, with both teams recording six shots on goal. However, Ball State recorded seven corners kicks compared to the Bobcats' one.
Individually, Townsend recorded four shots with two on goal and one assist. Sensky registered two shots with one on goal, while Leckie registered two shots with both of them on goal. Meanwhile, Dirrig scored one goal on one shot and Santacaterina also registered a shot for the Bobcats.
In net, Malham got the start, playing 92 minutes, while allowing two goals and making four saves.
Up next, the Bobcats wrap up the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 31 when they take on Kent State. First touch is set for 3 p.m. at Dix Stadium.