KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Thanks to the first career goal from Mandy Arnzen and the overtime winner from Remi Eades, the Ohio soccer team (7-7-1, 4-2-1 MAC) rallied late, giving them an important 2-1 overtime road victory against Western Michigan (8-5-1, 3-3-1 MAC) on Friday (Oct. 13).
"As I said last week, we have been very proud of this team all year, win or lose," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "We showed great resilience to pull out a victory against a very good WMU team who gave us a lot to deal with."
The Broncos would get off the first shot of the game in the fourth minute, on a ball that starting keeper, Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.), would save.
Sydney Leckie (Media, Ohio) would register the first attempt for the Bobcats a few minutes later, when in the sixth minute she would fire the ball, only for it to be blocked by the WMU defense. The Broncos would then take the ball down the field and attempt a shot of their only, which would be blocked by the Ohio defense.
After a few minutes of little action, WMU would get the next shot off in the 14th minute on a ball that would go wide. Seconds later the Broncos would get the ball back and attempt another shot, and the ball would go high of the net. Another attempt would be made seconds later and the Ohio defense would once again block the ball, keeping the game scoreless.
In the 17th minute, Malham would register her second save of the game on a shot by the Broncos, keeping the game still scoreless. WMU would add another shot in the 24th minute, on a ball that would go high of the net.
In the 25th minute, the Bobcats would get their first shot on goal of the game when Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would fire the ball forcing the WMU keeper to make a save, keeping the game still tied at 0-0.
Ohio would get another shot off in the 28th minute, when Victoria Breeden (Hudson, Ohio) fired the ball, however the WMU defense would block the shot.
Western Michigan would get another shot off in the 37th minute on a ball that would go high of the net. WMU would get one final shot off in the final seconds of the first half, but the ball would go wide and the game would go to halftime toed at 0-0.
Overall, Ohio registered three shots with one on goal, while WMU registered 10 shots with two on goal.
The second half opened up with Western Michigan take a shot in the opening seconds that would hit off the post. The Bobcats would then get the rebound and head down the field where Leckie would fire off a shot that would go wide of the net.
The Broncos would strike in the 52nd minute when Emma Kahn would fire the ball at the net and it would originally be saved by Malham. However, Kahn would receive the rebound off the save and take another shot, this time getting it past Malham and giving WMU a 1-0 lead.
In the 58th minute, the Broncos would register three more shots, two of which would be saved by Malham and another that would be blocked by the Ohio defense, keeping the game at 1-0.
After WMU would register a few more shots, Ohio would get another attempt in the 63rd minute on Leckie's third shot of the game, but the ball would be blocked by the defense. Ohio would get another attempt in the 64th minute when Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) took a shot towards goal, but the ball would go just high of the net, keeping the score at 1-0.
Ohio would get another chance in the 75th minute when Leckie take the corner kick, setting up for a goal by Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.) would be blocked. The blocked shot set up for another Bobcat corner that Leckie would take again, this time setting up Arnzen's (Edgewood, Ky.) first career goal to tie the game at 1-1.
In the 81st minute, Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) would register her first shot of the game, on a ball that would go wide of the net, keeping the game tied at 1-1.
Knorr's shot would be the last from either team and the game would head to overtime tied at 1-1.
Through regulation, the Bobcats registered nine shots with two on goal, while WMU registered 21 shots with six on goal.
It wouldn't take long for the Bobcats to strike. Just one minute into the first overtime period, Eades (New Albany, Ohio) would play the ball to the top of the box and fire the ball to the far post, giving Ohio the 2-1 victory. The goal was her second of the season.
Overall, Ohio finished the game with 10 shots, with three of them on goal. Leckie recorded an assist on three shots, while Arnzen recorded a goal on one shot. Eades also registered one goal on one shot, while Knorr, Kah, Jaggers, Breeden and Santacaterina all recorded one shot each.
In net, Malham was solid once again, allowing one goal and making five saves while facing a total of 21 shots.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Oct. 15 when they head to DeKalb, Ill. to take on Northern Illinois. Game time is set for 3 p.m. ET at the NIU Soccer Complex.