Oct. 25, 2013
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TOLEDO, Ohio - A goal by sophomore forward Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) in the 88th minute lifted the Ohio University women’s soccer team (7-5-5, 3-3-3 MAC) to a 2-1 triumph over the University of Toledo (5-11-1, 2-6-1 MAC) Friday in Mid-American Conference action at Scott Park.
The victory gave the Bobcats three critical points in the race for a 2013 MAC Tournament berth – upping their total to 12.
The victory also improved Ohio’s road record to 5-1-3 – the most wins away from home for the Bobcats since 2004 – and ensured the program of its first non-losing season since 2009.
“Great team victory,” said first-year head coach Aaron Rodgers. "We didn’t have a great game. We were second-best a lot of the night, but at the end of the night, we were best in scoring more goals. They scored, and we showed resilience, and, two minutes later, we equalized and kept fighting and pushing forward.”
After a scoreless first half, Toledo took a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute on sophomore forward Angelica Hernandez’s second goal of the season.
The Bobcats were quick with the counterpunch, though, tallying the equalizer in the 66th minute as freshman forward Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) found junior forward Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio), who struck for her fourth goal of the season.
That set the stage for the fourth game-winning goal of Harris’ career, a breakaway with two minutes to play that was set up by a pass from junior defender/midfield Tonya Frasik (Lebanon, Ohio).
“I give credit to Holly,” said Rodgers. “To have a breakaway with two minutes left…that’s a lot of pressure, knowing there’s not much time and you have to finish it."
The Rockets, who outshot the Bobcats, 28-9, could not take advantage of six second-half corner opportunities.
“I’d like to give credit to Toledo, who had a very good game plan,” said Rodgers. “They scouted us well and came out to really battle. They were in the same boat we were. They needed a couple wins to try and get in the MAC Tournament, and they came out and really took the game to us early and did a great job of battling and competing.”
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) tallied 13 saves in the victory, putting her in fifth place in the MAC record book with 391 career saves. She surpassed former Eastern Michigan goalkeeper Monique Budani (2007-10), who recorded 387 stops in her career.
The Bobcats look to continue their winning ways when they visit Northern Illinois on Sunday in their final road match of the 2013 regular season. The match is slated to get underway at 2 p.m.