AKRON, Ohio – Led by two goals from Hannah Jaggers, the Ohio women's soccer team (6-7-1, 3-2-1 MAC) bounced back in a big way on Sunday (Oct. 8), coming home from Akron with a 5-0 win over the Zips (1-11,2, 0-5-1 MAC). The victory was their second-straight road shutout and their sixth shutout of the season.
"We've been proud of this group all year," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "The players, all 25 of them, have stayed focused on their collective goals. They will enjoy this win tonight and look forward to preparing for Western Michigan."
The Bobcat offense started to make noise early in the game. In the first minute, Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) fired a shot that went wide of the Akron goal.
Moments later, Akron would get a shot off that would also go wide of the Ohio net. Then a few minutes later, Ohio's Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) would get her first shot of the game on a ball that would go wide.
The Bobcat's early offensive attack paid off when in the sixth minute, Curry would take advantage of an early corner kick, placing the ball perfectly as it would bend into the net, giving Ohio an early 1-0 lead. The goal was Curry's sixth of the season.
Ohio would continue to attack and in the eighth minute, Eades would register her second shot of the game, with the shot going high.
Akron would get another change in the 11th minute when the Zips would register their first shot on goal of the game on a ball that forced keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to make a save. The Zips would register another shot about seven minutes later, but the ball would go high.
A minute later, Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would add another shot on goal for the Bobcats, forcing the Akron keeper to make a save.
For the next 20 minutes, the Bobcats would hold control of the offense, registering five shots starting with Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) who would force the ball high. Minutes later, Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would fire the ball to the net, hitting the post. In the 35th minute, Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.) would fire a shot to the net, forcing the Akron keeper to make a save.
In the 39th minute, Leckie would register a shot on goal for the Bobcats and then a minute later, Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) would make an attempt, but the ball would go wide of the net.
Akron would get another shot off in the 41st minute, on a ball that would be blocked by the Ohio defense.
The shot by Akron would be the last shot from with team in the first half. Ohio would register 10 shots with four of them on goal. Akron would register four shots with one of them on goal.
At the start of the second half, the Bobcats picked up right where they left off at the half. Five minutes into the half, Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would get the first shot of the second half, with the ball just hitting the post. Curry would then get that rebound and fire the ball at the net, forcing Akron to make a save to keep the game 1-0.
The game wouldn't 1-0 for long, when seconds after the Akron save, Jaggers would score her fourth goal of the season when she knocked in the deflection from Curry from a yard in front of the net, giving Ohio a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
In the 54th minute, Akron would get their first shot of the half on a ball that would force Malham to make the save. Minutes later, Akron would register another shot, but it would be blocked by the pressing Ohio defense. The Zips would register another shot on goal in the 61st minute on a ball that would go wide.
Ohio would get another shot off in the 66th minute when Curry fired another shot at the net, but the ball would go just high. Leckie would then register another shot second later and the ball would also go high, keeping the game at 2-0.
After Akron would force Malham to make another save, the Bobcats would come back the other way with Leckie registering another shot on goal in the 71st minute. Minutes later, Jaggers would register another shot that would be blocked by the Zips defense.
Ohio would extend its lead in the 78th minute when Jaggers scored her second goal of the game when Sara Kattainen (Tampere, Finland) would take a corner kick and Jaggers would head the ball in past the keeper, giving the Bobcats a 3-0 lead at the time.
Akron would get another shot on goal in the 82nd minute that would be saved by Malham. A minute later, Olivia Sency (Median, Ohio) would record her first career goal off an assist from Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) when she would receive the ball from Dirrig and fire it from 15-yards out past the Akron keeper, putting Ohio up 4-0.
The Bobcats would add another goal four minutes later when Paige Pappanastos (Orland Park, Ill.) would also record her first career goal with an assist from Dirrig when she knocked in a deflection from the Akron keeper. The goal sealed the Bobcats 5-0 victory.
Overall, Ohio recorded 22 total shots with 12 of them on goal. Jaggers led the team with two goals on four shots, with two of them on goal. Curry recorded a goal and an assist off four shots, with two of them on goal. Leckie also recorded four shots with two on goal. Sency registered a goal off two shots, both of them on goal. Eades registered two shots for the Bobcats, while Arnzen, Kah, Milesky and Daugerdas all recorded one shot. Pappanastos registered one goal on one shot and Dirrig recorded two assists and one shot on goal for the day.
In net, Malham got the start, going all 90 minutes and did not allow a goal while making four saves.
Ohio returns to action on Friday, Oct. 13 when they head to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on Western Michigan. Game time is set for 4 p.m.