Oct. 23, 2011
KENT, Ohio - Ohio Soccer lost in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, losing a 1-0 contest at Kent State. The match was scoreless late and seemed destined for overtime but Kent State's Megan Repas found the back of the net with just one second remaining in regulation to win the game.
Following the match, Ohio (7-9-2, 4-4-2 MAC) remains fifth overall in the Mid-American Conference standings. The top four teams in the conference--regardless of division--will host quarterfinal rounds of the MAC Tournament.
"I said to the team after the game that they did literally everything that was asked of them," said Head Coach Stacy Strauss. "We made some adjustments throughout the game and again at halftime, having different people who haven't played much this year step up and play well. We had veterans compete with a bit more fight and physical play than they have in the past."
In just her third career start, freshman goalkeeper Nicole Amari (Vernon Hills, Ill.) made eight saves on Sunday. Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) led the way for Ohio on the offensive end, firing three total shots. Gabby Hausfeld (Cincinnati, Ohio) made her first career start on Sunday, playing a solid 84 minutes. Annie Beard (Mason, Ohio), Erin Feeney (Milton, Mass.) and Jackie Campo (Strongsville, Ohio) were a few of the other freshmen who stepped up to make a big impact on a team that's been affected by injuries this season.
"Gabby was one of the reasons we were able to match Kent's size and physical play," Strauss said. "She has the ability to go up and win balls in the air, get stuck into challenges, and also has good composure on the ball. She worked herself into the lineup on Friday and officially got the start today, playing well throughout."
Kent State (12-6-0, 6-4-0 MAC) got off to a fast start, firing eight total shots in the first 18 minutes. Five of these did not find their way to the target but for the three that did, Amarai was able to make important early saves. Ohio stepped up its pressure throughout the middle of the first frame, as Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) and Feeney answered back with shots of their own. Neither side was able to break the deadlock, however, and the teams went to the half facing a 0-0 score.
Ohio came out of the locker room in an attacking mindset to begin the second half, firing five shots in just the first 15 minutes. After being held to just two shots in the first half, Ohio's offense improved significantly in the second frame, generating a total of nine shots.
"I thought we had a great effort, especially in the second half," Strauss said. "We did a good job of adapting to the way that Kent plays."
Just when it appeared that the match was destined for overtime, Repas found the back of the net with a one-time shot from five yards out. The goal was her sixth of the season and crossed the goal line just as time expired.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Thursday, Oct. 27 when they play at Akron. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Kent - Megan Repas 6 (Katherine Lawrence 1, Sara Henderson 2) 90'
Ohio starting XI (numerically): Kelsey Pichel, Lauren Burke, Erin Schwenke, Natalie Bechtel, Ainsley Bodi, Gabby Hausfeld, Rachael Philpot, Katie Kemen, Remi Famodu, Toye Famodu, Nicole Amari (GK)