Sept. 20, 2013
CLEVELAND - The Ohio University soccer team (4-2-2) remained unbeaten in its past five matches after drawing Cleveland State (5-4-1), 0-0, Friday night at Krenzler Soccer Field.
The Bobcats held significant advantages in shots (24-9), shots on goal (11-3) and corners (16-2), but Ohio could not find the back of the net during the contest. Ohio is now 3-0-1 on the road this season.
"It was a little frustrating to not get the victory, but I give Cleveland State credit for playing a tough and physical match. They were ready to battle and defend their home turf," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "I'm pleased with the way we created chances and our offensive transition was very good. But we have to get more clinical and have a better scoring edge to us. We have to be able to focus on finishing those chances and the results will follow."
Junior forward Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio) and sophomore forward Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) led the `Cats with five shots each (two on goal), while freshman forward Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) added four shots, including two on goal.
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) continued her strong play in net, making three saves while posting her second-straight shutout in a full 110 minutes of action. Liston and the Ohio defensive have now held the team's opponents scoreless for more than 281 minutes over the past three matches.
"We defended really well again with all 11 players, which is what we've been working on and striving to do," Rodgers said. "We pressed the ball and won it back quite well. We will get back to training this week and we're looking forward to starting our second season in the conference."
Ohio dominated the first half in both shots and time of possession. The Bobcats came out of the gate running on all cylinders, as Finley sent a shot wide and freshman midfielder Sasha Haverchak (Akron, Ohio) fired a shot that was saved by Vikings goalkeeper Sarah Wood in the first two minutes of play.
Harris continued the torrid pace with two well-placed shots that were saved by Wood in the 10th minute. Finley then notched a shot on goal at 13', which kick-started a six minute sequence in which the Bobcats put together two shots and two corners, but could not find the back of the net.
After a strong attempt from Milesky was saved by Wood at 22', the Bobcats recorded another corner opportunity at 31', but a header from Milesky went wide. Then, freshman Erin Wrubel (Troy, Mich.) put forth another solid shot at 38' that was saved and the `Cats entered halftime knotted with the Vikings at zero.
In all, Ohio out-shot Cleveland State 12-3 in the half and took five corners to CSU's one. Wood made six saves to help counteract the strong offensive play from the Bobcats.
The Bobcats came out of the break aggressive with shots from Harris and junior midfielder Erin Feeney (Milton, Mass.) in the 52nd and 56th minutes. After a corner lead to a shot on goal from sophomore Grace Campbell (Wadsworth, Ohio) at 60', Ohio again threatened at 70' and 75', when Finley and Milesky rifled shots that were stopped by Wood.
The `Cats had one more solid chance in regulation at 86', as Manso booted a shot at the goal that was saved by Wood. Ohio again held a significant lead in shots (8-3) in the second half but could not power a shot into the CSU goal, sending the match into overtime.
Ohio forced two corners and enjoyed four shot opportunities in the first overtime session but could not convert them into a score.
In the second overtime, Liston saved a CSU shot at 100' to preserve the scoreless tie, but Ohio could not muster a shot on goal in the session, sending the game to a 0-0 draw.
The Bobcats return to action Friday when the team opens MAC play at home against Bowling Green. The contest is schedule for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field.