Oct. 6, 2013
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ohio University women’s soccer team (5-4-3, 1-2-1) dropped its first road contest of the season Sunday afternoon at Ball State (8-3-1, 3-1-0) by the score of 2-1.
The Bobcats held a 10-6 advantage in shots in the second half but could not overcome two Cardinals goals in the first seven minutes of action.
“The girls did a great job of adjusting at halftime. We were very, very good in the second half and played the way we’re capable of playing,” head coach Aaron Rodgers said. “We held the ball a long time, created chances and scored a very good goal in the half. We just put ourselves in a hole and I credit Ball State for coming out with a lot of energy in the game.”
Freshman Allison Cislo (Crownsville, Md.) notched her second goal of the season in the second half to lead the ‘Cats offensively, while sophomore Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) tallied a team-high four shots, all of which were on goal.
Ball State held a 20-14 advantage in shots in the match and posted nine corners to Ohio’s five.
“We had a very difficult game on Friday night and a lot of people played a lot of minutes. As a result, we came out flat early,” Rodgers said. “We weren’t good enough today, but we’re learning in this process about how to win and put other teams under pressure. We need to keep attacking and we’ll continue to grow as a team.”
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) made five saves while allowing two goals in a full 90 minutes of action, while BSU goalie Brooke Dennis allowed one goal while making six saves.
The Cardinals came out firing in the game’s first minute, generating a corner which led to a goal off the left post by Leah Mattingly at 00:51. From there, Liston made a save at 3:14, but BSU’s Michelle Blok beat the senior just three minutes later to give Ball State a 2-0 lead in the sixth minute.
Harris answered just 18 seconds later with a well-placed shot that was saved by Dennis. The teams went back and forth over the next 20 minutes, before Liston made another key save at 29’ to preserve the two-goal deficit. At 39’, Ohio put together a strong scoring opportunity, but a shot from sophomore Leah Sandercock was saved by Dennis.
BSU entered the half with its 2-0 lead after holding a 14-4 advantage in shots in the stanza.
The second half was a different story, as the Bobcats came out aggressively. Ohio targeted three shots in the 60th and 61st minutes, before a header from Harris was saved at 64’. Just three minutes later, a nifty shot from junior Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio) came painstakingly close to going in after ricocheting off the goal post. But Ohio would capitalize in the 72nd minute, as Cislo beat Dennis on the right side to cut the deficit to one (2-1).
Harris launched another shot on goal at 81’ that was saved and the ‘Cats could not put another shot on goal in the remaining nine minutes.
With the setback, Ohio dropped its first road match of the season (3-1-1). Ohio remains on the road for two matches next weekend. The ‘Cats play at Akron Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and battle Buffalo on Oct. 13 (noon) in Western New York.