ATHENS, Ohio – On a single first-half goal by Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.), the Ohio women's soccer team (2-0-0) produced a 1-0 victory over Butler (0-1-1) on a hot Sunday afternoon match-up at Chessa Field.
"I think that's all down to their commitment," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "We've been teaching for a long time now what it takes to be successful at this level and we're two games in. We've got a long season ahead of ourselves and we're so proud of what they've committed to and that's what I said to them after the game."
The win also marks as the first victory over Butler in program history. The Bobcats have also opened the 2017 season with back-to-back wins for the first time.
Butler would get a shot early in the game, but it would go wide. Ohio was quick to take over the momentum on offense when early in the first half, Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) crossed to find Jaggers who would then make a header in the upper left corner of the net to put the Bobcats up 1-0 in the third minute of the game.
"It feels great," Jaggers said. "Especially as a senior to win your opening games. I don't think we've done that since I've been here but it feels really good, we were all really happy."
Leckie made another impressive play in the 13th minute, taking a strong shot at the goal, but the Butler keeper would make a big stop.
Butler would make an aggressive offensive effort late in the first half on a shot by Amanda Kowalski, but Ohio's Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) would make a defensive save to secure the Bobcat's lead going into halftime.
Ohio recorded six shots in the first half, while Butler tallied 10.
Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) would get the start in goal, recording three saves in her 45 minutes of work.
The second half would go scoreless, but both squads would add to their respective shot totals. Ohio would make the first attack in the 52nd minute on an attempt by Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio), but the Butler keeper would get her first stop of the half.
The Bobcats would make another attempt to add a point to the scoreboard in the 75th minute on a shot on goal by Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), but it would be saved by the Bulldog's keeper.
Butler would make nine shot attempts in the second half, but the Bulldogs were unable to stop the Bobcat victory.
Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) would protect the net for the second half, recording three saves on the game.
The Bobcats recorded five shots in the second half while Butler recorded nine for a total of 11 and 19 shots respectively.
Jaggers, Leckie, Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio), and Milesky would each record two shots on the day. Hueber, Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) and Macey Juguilon (Brunswick, Ohio) each added one shot to the Ohio shot total.
Up next, the Bobcats will hit the road and travel to High Point on Aug. 25 to take on the Panthers for a Friday night matchup at 7 p.m.