Oct. 27, 2011
AKRON, Ohio – In a wild day across the conference that saw multiple teams fighting for the final four Mid-American Conference Tournament berths, Ohio Soccer lost a 1-0 nailbiter at Akron in overtime. The result, combined with other scores from around the league, kept the Bobcats in the playoff hunt as the Green and White secured the eighth and final postseason spot. Ohio (7-10-2, 4-5-2 MAC) will play at the MAC No. 1 seed—Toledo—on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Akron (7-8-2, 4-5-2) began the match on the attack, firing a number of shots in an attempt to pull out to an early lead. Ohio goalkeeper Nicole Amari (Vernon Hills, Ill.) was sharp early on, making saves on two shots by Rachel Phillip in the seventh and 17th minutes. The Bobcat defense clamped down for the rest of the first half, not allowing any shots on goal for the remaining 28 minutes.
The Bobcats stepped up the pressure in the second half, firing six total shots compared to one in the first half. Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) had perhaps the best opportunities of the second frame for Ohio, hitting two shots on target in the 72nd minute. Akron’s Jeny Wolbert was properly positioned both times and was able to make the saves. Ohio earned three corner kicks in the final four minutes of the match, pressing hard for a game-winning goal.
Ninety minutes wasn’t enough time to decide the match, forcing the Bobcats and Zips to overtime. The teams exchanged possession during the opening minutes, searching for the goal that would put the match away. Akron found it on the foot of Rachel Phillip in the 95th minute. Phillip received a through ball from teammate Maggie Rusnak and was able to beat an onrushing Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) to put the ball into the back of the net and send her team to the MAC Tournament.
“Akron looked for a lot of through balls (this afternoon),” said Head Coach Stacy Strauss. “We dealt with them pretty well until that final one.”
The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday, Oct. 30 when they play at Toledo. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Akron – Rachel Phillip 4 (Maggie Rusnak 2) 95’
Ohio starting XI (numerically): Laura Dieter, Kelsey Pichel, Cathryn Rogers, Annie Beard, Lauren Burke, Natalie Bechtel, Gabby Hausfeld, Rachael Philpot, Remi Famodu, Toye Famodu, Nicole Amari (GK)