Oct. 27, 2013
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DeKALB, Ill. - The Ohio University women's soccer team (7-6-5, 3-4-3 MAC) lost its final regular season road match of the 2013 campaign, falling to Northern Illinois (6-9-3, 4-4-2 MAC), 2-1, Sunday in Mid-American Conference action at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
Despite the loss, the Bobcats still clinched a berth in the upcoming 2013 MAC Tournament. Holding 12 points with one regular season match to play, Ohio could finish as high as the No. 7 seed in the eight-team field.
"We're very disappointed," said first-year head coach Aaron Rodgers. "We knew what was ahead of us, and I feel like we were prepared. We were not disciplined enough in our play. There were periods of the game where we were very good, and we moved the ball very well and created a good rhythm. We just weren't able to sustain that for long enough periods of time."
After holding the opposition scoreless during the opening 45 minutes of play for a third straight match, Ohio yielded two second-half goals to Northern Illinois that proved to be the difference.
Senior forward/defender Samantha Hill took a pass from sophomore midfield/forward Emily Nulty and scored from close range in the 63rd minute.
The Huskies made it 2-0 in the 80th minute, taking advantage of a corner opportunity and scoring on a goal by sophomore midfield Sara Spaulding.
The Bobcats cut the Northern Illinois' advantage to one goal in the 83rd minute as redshirt freshman midfield Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.) found the back of the net off a deflection from a defender. The goal was Manso's third of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) tallied three saves, upping her career total to 394, which ranks fifth all-time in MAC history.
Ohio hosts Kent State in its regular season finale on Thursday at Chessa Field. The match is slated to begin at 3 p.m. A win and a Northern Illinois loss to Toledo would secure the No. 7 seed in the MAC Tournament for the Bobcats.