ATHENS, Ohio -Jessica Jue scored the game-winning goal and Ohio exacted a bit of revenge on rival Miami in the semifinals of the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats earned a 1-0 victory against the team that ended their season in the same round last season.
In the 57th minute, Jue carried the ball in transition to create a 2-on-1 attack with Taylor Brown and was able to sneak her only shot of the game past Miami goalkeeper Sarah Mueller to give the `Cats a 1-0 lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Katherine Fenzel was credited with the assist for springing Jue on the break. It was the 10th goal of the season for the sophomore, the third Bobcat to reach double digits this year.
"I think our speed was pretty good during the game, and she (Jue) kept with it and was able to slip one through there," said head coach Neil Macmillan.
Ohio controlled most of the possession during the second half, limiting the RedHawks to only three shots. However, Miami earned three-consecutive corners as strong play from Jen McGill and the rest of the Bobcat defense stifled the RedHawk chances.
Ohio would keep pressure in the Miami zone in the waning seconds of the game to secure the lead and the win. The `Cats finished with 14 shots overall to Miami's six, while McGill finished with one save on the day despite thwarting numerous offensive chances.
Prior to last season, Ohio had eliminated the RedHawks from the MAC Tournament in 2007, 2008 and 2009. This season, the Bobcats won all three contests in shutout fashion against Miami, including twice at Pruitt Field.
Brown had the first two shots of the game, forcing a save from Mueller, and registered five of Ohio's seven shots in the first half. Jue might have had the Bobcats' best chance when she had a rebound try cleared away by a Miami defender.
In the closing moments of the half, McGill made a key save at the far post on Miami's Gabby Goldach to keep the game scoreless at the break.
Ohio finished the first half with a 7-5 advantage in shots, with four tries on frame. The Bobcats also notched five penalty corners in the first 35 minutes, as opposed to two for the RedHawks.
Ohio advances to tomorrow's MAC Championship contest at 1 p.m. They will play the winner of Central Michigan vs. Kent State.
"We're very excited about this win and we are very much looking forward to tomorrow," said MacMillan.