Sep 1, 2013
RICHMOND, Ky. – Ohio University women’s soccer head coach Aaron Rodgers earned the first win of his career Sunday afternoon, guiding the Bobcats to a one-sided 5-1 victory at Eastern Kentucky. The Bobcats trailed 1-0 early but rattled off five unanswered goals to earn the win.
The offensive outburst marked the first time Ohio has scored five goals in a single game since a 5-1 home win over Cleveland State on Sept. 4 of the 2005 season.
Four different Bobcats scored on Sunday, as Mollie Whitacre (Perrysburg, Ohio), Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.), Alexis Milesky (Plains City, Ohio), and Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) all found the back of the net against the Colonels. One of Ohio’s goals was an own goal by Eastern Kentucky.
“The team definitely deserved to score the five goals today,” said head coach Aaron Rodgers. “It feels good for the team to see the results of all the hard work that has been put into possessing the ball, putting the other teams under pressure, and creating chances.”
EKU (0-4) took an early lead in the match, scoring in the 10th minute when Katie Collar found teammate Kristan Paynter with a through ball past the Ohio defense. Paynter was able to beat senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) to give her side a 1-0 advantage.
The ‘Cats answered back a few minutes later, leveling the match on a two-on-one situation in the 24th minute. Sophomore Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) played a nice pass to Whitacre, and the freshman was able to beat goalkeeper Erika Wolfer to pull the Bobcats level.
Ohio came out strong in the second half, firing two early shots on goal in the first eight minutes. The second of these shots proved to be the match-winner, as Manso’s strike in the 53rd minute gave the Bobcats a lead which they would not relinquish.
“In the second half, the team took the adjustments that we wanted to make and did really well,” Rodgers added. “We were finally able to score goals off the possession and chances we’ve been creating (this season).”
These chances really came to fruition in the middle stages of the second half, as Ohio rattled off two goals in a three-minute span to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Shortly after a saved attempt by Allison Cislo (Crownsville, Md.), Ohio was the beneficiary of an EKU own goal in the 63rd minute. Mere moments later, Milesky scored her first goal of the season when she hit a very impressive shot from 30 yards away into the top corner of the net.
Murnane then added the final punctuation mark on the match, scoring in the 72nd minute to make it 5-1. The senior took advantage of a nice pass by Manso and was able to beat Wolfer to give the ‘Cats a four-goal advantage.
Ohio will next be in action on Friday, Sept. 6 at Niagara. The Bobcats and Purple Eagles will kick off at 7 p.m.
EKU – Kristan Paynter 1 (Katie Collar) 10’
Ohio – Mollie Whitacre 1 (Holly Harris) 24’
Ohio – Carly Manso 1 (unassisted) 53’
Ohio – (EKU own goal) 63’
Ohio – Alexis Milesky 1 (unassisted) 65’
Ohio – Maggie Murnane 1 (Carly Manso) 72’
Ohio Starting XI:
Liston; Wrubel, Campbell, Hausfeld, Frasik; Feeney, Murnane, Haverchak, Finley; Manso, Milesky