CINCINNATI, Ohio – Despite Allie Curry's late goal in regulation, the Ohio Soccer team (3-2-0) would drop a double overtime thriller to Xavier (3-2-1), 2-1, Sunday afternoon (Sept. 3) at the Xavier Soccer Complex.
"Today was another excellent non conference game preparing us for MAC play," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "I give Xavier credit for coming out strong as we knew they would. They capitalized on two set pieces which we will learn from. I feel the result was a little harsh on our team, but I am very proud of how our team has battled and stayed consistent with our style and identity of who we are. I love how much competing means to this group."
Xavier registered the first offensive shot of the game just 39 seconds into the contest, however the Bobcat defense blocked it.
Ohio then went on the attack just a minute later, with Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) firing a shot that forced the XU keeper to make the save. Ohio would get another shot off in the ninth minute when Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) rocketed the ball toward the net, once again forcing the Xavier keeper to make the save.
In the 10th minute, Xavier would muster a shot that would go wide of the net. Ohio would respond and in the 13th minute, Jaggers would register her second shot of the game that is once again saved. Allie Curry would then get a shot off that was blocked by the defense.
Xavier would get its first shot on goal in the 19th minute, however starting keeper, Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) would register her first save of the game.
In the 26th minute, Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati. Ohio) would get another shot on the board for Ohio on a ball that would be saved.
Then after Xavier recorded a shot that would go wide in the 34th minute, Courtney Daugerdas (Liberty, Ill.) would register another shot on goal for the Bobcats in the 38th minute. Daugerdas' shot would be the final shot for either team in the first half, and the game would go to intermission tied 0-0.
At the end of the first half, Ohio registered six shots with five of them on goal, while Xavier recorded five shots with one of them on goal.
Xavier opened the second half by getting the first shot off on a ball that would hit the post. Moments later, Xavier would take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Catie Baron that came off of a free kick.
Ohio would get its first shot of the second half in the 53rd minute on a ball by Jaggers that would be blocked. Xavier would then register a shot moments later that would be saved by Beurket, keeping the game 1-0.
After the shot by Jaggers, the was little action on either side until the 66th minute when Curry took a corner kick for Ohio and Hueber was able to get a shot off that would go wide.
In the 76th minute, Xavier would record another shot, on a ball that would force Beurket to make another save, keeping the game 1-0.
The Bobcats finally broke through in the 83rd minute when Curry fired the ball from the left corner of the box past the XU keeper for her second goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1.
Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) would register another shot for Ohio in the 87th minute, forcing another XU save, keeping the game at 1-1.
After the Eades shot, neither team would get anything off in the final minutes and at the end of regulation, the game would be tied 1-1 and would send the Bobcats to their first overtime game of the season.
At the end of regulation, Ohio registered 10 shots with seven on goal, while Xavier recorded nine shots with four of them on goal.
In net, Beurket would allow one goal on four shots on goal and three saves in her first 90 minutes of action.
Hueber would record the first shot of overtime for the bobcats just moments in when in the 92nd minute, she would fire a ball just over the top of the net, keeping the game 1-1.
Xavier would get their first shot off in the 96th minute on a header that Beurket would save, keeping the game tied. Moments later, XU would get another shot off, a header that would go wide.
In the final moments of the first overtime, Leckie would be able to get a shot off that would go wide. However, after the first 10 minute of OT, the game would remain tied at 1-1.
After not much action at the beginning of the second overtime, Xavier would end the game in the 104th minute on a goal from Andie Kennard after a free kick cross, giving the Musketeers a 2-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio recorded 12 shots with seven on goal, while Xavier recorded 13 with six on net.
Leading Ohio was Curry who recorded two shots, with one on goal and one goal. Jaggers registered three shots with all three on net. Hueber also registered three shots while Leckie recorded two. Eades and Daugerdas both registered one shot each.
In net, Beurket got the nod, playing all 104 minutes, allowing two goals and registering four saves.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Sept. 8 when Ohio heads to Huntington, W. Va. to take on Marshall. Game time is set for 7 p.m.