Oct. 20, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University women’s soccer team (6-5-5, 2-3-3 MAC) tied Western Michigan (7-4-4, 5-1-2 MAC), 0-0, after two overtime periods Sunday in a Mid-American Conference match at Chessa Field. The tie marks Ohio’s fifth of the season.
“They (Ohio) came out, and they battled for 110 minutes,” said first-year head coach Aaron Rodgers. “We’ve been waiting for us to battle 110 minutes, and we finally did today. If we battle like this next week, and we clean up a few things in front of the goal, we’ll score goals and get the victories. For us to get a draw today, we had to come out and match their intensity, and I think we did.”
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) posted her school-record 20th shutout of her career. She made seven saves in 110 minutes in goal. Liston’s career saves total now stands at 378, which ranks sixth in MAC history.
“She deserves it,” said Rodgers of Liston breaking the career shutouts record. “She’s earned those records and done a fantastic job and has had a fantastic career up to this point. We have three games left in the regular season, and I don’t want it to be over after three games. I want us to keep going into the postseason and for her to continue to get shutouts and saves and continue to extend her records. She’s been a great leader.”
Both the Bobcats and the Broncos dug deep defensively, as Western Michigan tallied seven shots on goal while Ohio totaled six.
Sophomore forward Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) led the Bobcats with four shots on goal.
Ohio honored its four seniors -- Liston, defender Natalie Bechtel (Westlake, Ohio), midfield/forward Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) and forward/defender Alex Stec – for their contributions to the program prior to Sunday’s match.
Ohio will play its final two road matches of the 2013 regular season next weekend, visiting Toledo on Friday for a 4 p.m. match, then closing its road slate at Northern Illinois on Sunday in a 2 p.m. matchup.