Sep 6, 2013
LEWISTON, N.Y. - The Ohio University women's soccer team rallied back from a 1-0 deficit by netting a pair of goals in the final 22 minutes of play to earn a 2-1 victory on the road over Niagara University. The win was the Bobcats second-consecutive victory on the year.
The Bobcats controlled play for most of the match as the outshot Niagara 15-5. Ohio also held a 7-5 advantage on corner kicks.
"We didn't play our best tonight, but we found a way to win and that is the mark of a solid team," said head coach Aaron Rodgers. "Our team showed a tremendous amount of heart to go out there and come from behind to get the win."
Despite controlling play for most of the evening, Niagara opened up the scoring as it found the net in the 68th minute of play. Niagara scored the first goal of the match as sophomore midfielder Kori Thorne's shot found the back of the net just outside the 18-yard box to give the Purple Eagles a 1-0 advantage.
"Niagara gave us a good strong game and I give them a lot of credit," Rodgers said.
Ohio evened the match in the 84th minute at one as senior captain Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) drilled a goal in the lower right hand corner just inside the 18-yard box. Murnane's equalizer was her second goal on the year. It also marked the second straight game in which she found the net.
"She's doing a her job as a leader and as a captain and I couldn't be happier for her," Rodgers said.
Sophomore Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) and junior Tonya Frasik (Lebanon, Ohio) both registered assists on Murnane's goal.
The match appeared to be headed for overtime as the score was still tied at one apiece in the 89th minute, but Harris had other ideas as she scored the game-winning goal at the 89:55 mark. Harris' goal came off of a corner kick from Frasik.
"I think we are making progress as a team and we are beginning to take steps in the right direction," Rodgers said.
Ohio returns home on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as it welcomes Morehead State to Chessa Field.