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Soccer Begins Spring Season on Positive Note

Ohio's Veronica Rock

April 16, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Soccer began its spring season on a positive note this past Saturday, earning a victory and a weather-shortened draw during a rainy afternoon at Chessa Field.

The Bobcats started the day off very well, picking up a 3-1 win over the Capital Crusaders. Ohio got on the score sheet almost immediately, scoring three minutes into the match when Veronica Rock (North Royalton, Ohio) was able to knock in a one-timer past the goalkeeper. The Crusaders fought back near the end of the 30-minute opening half, scoring just before the break to pull the sides level at one apiece.

Ohio played strong offensively in the second half, adding two more goals to earn the 3-1 victory. Alex Stec (Medina, Ohio) scored Ohio’s second goal of the afternoon, receiving assists from teammates Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) and Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio). Not long thereafter, Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio) put the game away by netting Ohio’s third tally of the afternoon. Rock provided the assist on the goal, registering her third point of the match.

“I thought that as the day went along we improved quite a bit with our possession,” said head coach Stacy Strauss. “Our best performance was in the second half against Capital: we created a lot of opportunities and I felt that we were a bit smarter on the ball than we had been in the fall. Specifically, in the final third, I thought we played quickly and had some good combinations which involved three or four players.”

“Our goal for the day was to open the field up and make the opposing teams chase the ball a bit,” Strauss added. “We were able to do that at times very well.”

Ohio and Marshall played to a storm-shortened 0-0 draw in the second game of the afternoon. The teams were not able to begin the second half because of adverse conditions and ultimately called off the rest of the contest.

The Bobcats will next be in action on Thursday, April 19 when they host West Virginia Wesleyan at 6:30 p.m.