ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women's soccer team continued nonconference action on Sunday (Sept. 10), falling to Kentucky 3-0 at Chessa Field.
"I thought we stuck to our game plan," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "We battled hard, we fought hard; little short in the end. I thought we showed some good quality attacking when we built some counter attacks. I thought we showed some great quality against a quality SEC team and we just need to be a little more clinical and I think part of the thing was that we weren't giving ourselves enough credit. We really didn't feel like maybe we were a little bit shy to show everybody that we are even better than what we were going forward because we built very well, we connected really well in the counter attack moments but then when we got to the attacking third, a little bit we just lacked that killer instinct,".
Both teams come out with high tempo early in the match. Kentucky would register the first shot of the game in the 11th minute on a ball that starting keeper, Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) saved.
Ohio would get the first their first shot of the game in the 14th minute when Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) fired the ball and it went just wide of the net.
Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) would have their best chance in the first half in the 22nd minute when she would take the ball on a breakaway and fire the ball at the net, but the UK keeper would be there to make the save.
A few minutes later in the 25th minute, Kentucky would try and execute a header off of a corner kick, but Malham would be there to make her second save of the game, keeping the game scoreless.
Kentucky would break through in the 30th minute when Jessica Lazo scored on a ball that went to the upper left of the net just past a diving Malham, putting UK up 1-0.
Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) would register a shot just a few minutes later in the 31st minute that would go just wide of the net.
Kentucky would register three more shots, one which was saved by Malham, before the end of the first half, with UK going to intermission with a 1-0 lead.
At the end of the first half, Ohio registered three shots with one on goal, while Kentucky registered 11 with three on goal. In net, Malham allowed one goal and made three saves on 45 minutes of action.
Kentucky would get the first three shots of the second half, one which would go wide and two others which would be saved by Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio), keeping the score 1-0.
Jaggers would then register another shot on goal in the 50th minute when Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would get the ball on a breakaway and pass it off to Jaggers who would fire it at the goal, but the UK keeper would once again make the save, keeping the game 1-0.
Kentucky would then register two straight shots in the 67th minute, one which would be blocked and another that would go wide of the net.
Ohio would see a golden chance in the 74th minute, when Dirrig would again take the ball and fire it toward the net, however, the ball would go just wide, keeping the game 1-0.
However, UK would take a 2-0 lead in the 78th minute when Eva Mitchell flicked in a goal off a high cross that cut through the defense from Taya Edwards.
The Wildcats would notch another one moments later in the 81st when Katy Keen found space at the top of the 18-yard box and fired in a rocket to Beurket's right.
Despite the two goals in quick succession, Ohio continued to put bodies down field. Ultimately though the Bobcats couldn't put a goal on the board. The game concluded with Ohio registering six shots through 90 minutes. Jaggers finished the game with two shots, both of them on goal, while Dirrig also registered two shots. Curry recorded one shot, while Sara Kattainen (Tampere, Finland) registered a shot with a shot on goal.
Malham ended with three saves and one goal allowed in 45 minutes of action, while Beurket ended with three saves and two goals allowed in her 45 minutes of work.
Kentucky concluded with 19 shots, three goals. Evangeline Soucie played the entire match in goal for the Wildcats, recording three saves.
Ohio wraps up non-conference play on Friday when the team travels to Dayton and Rodgers is ready for the challenge, commenting on how he respects the program and is sure the match will serve as a solid tune-up before Eastern Michigan and the rest of the Mid-American Conference.
"We're excited to go play a good Dayton team and it's an awesome environment at Dayton to play. Wonderful place and it's going to prepare us with one last final preparation for a tough MAC [Mid-American Conference] so we're really excited to go there and I think you're going to see a really wonderful team performance when we get to Dayton.," Rodgers said
The Bobcats will head to Dayton to take on the Flyers on Friday, Sept. 15. First touch is set for 7 p.m.