Sept. 30, 2011
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Ohio Soccer came back from a second-half deficit to win its first road Mid-American Conference match of the season on Friday, defeating the Western Michigan Broncos by a final score of 2-1. Goalkeeper Mattie Liston made 11 saves in the victory, holding WMU at bay until her Bobcat teammates could mount an impressive second half comeback which included a 70th-minute equalizer from Toye Famodu and an overtime winner by Kelsey Pichel.
"We did a pretty good job of not losing confidence after giving up that first goal," said head coach Stacy Strauss. "Toye's goal gave us a bit of a boost and at that point we believed we could get the win."
The Bobcats (5-6, 2-1 MAC) have now won three of their last four matches while Western Michigan 5-6 (1-2 MAC) has dropped two conference contests in a row.
Western Michigan played a very offensive-minded first half, firing a total of nine shots to Ohio's two. Liston was superb in goal for the Bobcats during the first 45 minutes, stopping all five attempts that found their way on target. Pichel (Rochester, Mich.) and Rachael Philpot (Cincinnati, Ohio) each accounted for one shot in the first frame, but Pichel's went high of the target in the 11th minute and Philpot's followed a similar trajectory in the 40th.
"Mattie's performance in the first half was more important than a normal first half because we played into a 25-30 mile per hour wind," Strauss said. "To get through that first 45 without giving up a goal was huge."
Pichel opened the second half on the right foot for the Green and White, firing Ohio's first shot on goal in the 50th minute. Michelle Watson was in good position for the Broncos, though, and was able to make the save.
Western Michigan found the net first, scoring in the 57th minute when Anina Cicerone scored her sixth goal of the season. Cicerone received a pass from Stephanie Skowneski and was able to beat Liston to the right side of the goal with her shot.
The Bobcats were able to bounce back just a few minutes later, getting rewarded for their pressure with Toye Famodu's second goal of the season. Philpot fired a shot off the crossbar in the 70th minute, and the rebound bounced back into play. Famodu was there for the Green and White and was able to knock it into the back of the net to pull her side level.
With 90 minutes not being enough time to determine a winner, the teams went to overtime. Ohio earned a corner kick just a few minutes into the overtime period and was able to claim the 2-1 victory when Pichel's corner kick caught a gust of wind and flew straight into the back of the net untouched.
Ohio's next match is an Oct. 2 contest at Northern Illinois. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. EST.
WMU - Anina Cicerone 6 (Stephanie Skowneski 6) 57'
Ohio - Toye Famodu 2 (Rachael Philpot 2) 70'
Ohio - Kelsey Pichel 3 (Unassisted) 94'
Ohio - Kelsey Pichel 59'
Ohio starting XI (numerically): Mattie Liston (GK), Kelsey Pichel, Cathryn Rogers, Paige Howard, Lauren Burke, Kim Nordtveit, Sara Seitz, Erin Schwenke, Katie Kemen, Remi Famodu, Toye Famodu