ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women's soccer team (7-9-2, 4-4-2 MAC) wrapped up its home slate on Sunday (Oct. 22), falling to Toledo (8-7-3, 5-3-2), 2-1 at Chessa Field.
Prior to the game, the Bobcats honored their six seniors, Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio), Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.), Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio), Celeste Fushimi-Karns (Dublin, Ohio), Katie McCurley (Lake Zurich, Ill.) and Megan Niebuhr (Cincinnati, Ohio).
"Just disappointed knowing that we were coming in the game tied with Toledo in point and at home where we've been so good this year," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "I think they had more energy than we did today and it showed in the result. But at the end of the day we're proud of what our team has gone through this season and there are ups and downs all the time."
Toledo got the first shot of the game in the 17th minute on a ball that would go wide right.
Ohio would take the early 1-0 lead a few minutes later when in the 19th minute, senior Curry pushed the ball into the open goal, giving the Bobcats the lead. The goal was her seventh of the season.
The Rockets would get another shot in the 21st minute, but the ball would be blocked by the Ohio defense.
Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would get the next shot for the Bobcats in the 23rd minute off a corner kick, however the ball would be saved by the Toledo keeper. Moments later, Ohio would get another corner kick and the send in from Sara Kattainen (Tampere, Finland) would be headed towards the net by Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio), however the ball would go wide and Ohio would keep the 1-0 lead.
Toledo would get the equalizer in the 32nd minute when Isa Echeverri would fire the ball in from 30-yards out past the diving Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio), tying the game at 1-1.
Toledo would register two more shots before the end of the half, the last one forcing Beurket to make another save, sending the game to the half tied at 1-1.
At the half, the Bobcats had three shots with two on goal while Toledo registered seven with three on goal.
Early on in the second half, Toledo came out on the attack, registering two shots in the 50th and 51st minutes, both of which would be saved by Beurket.
The Rockets' pressure would pay off in the 54th minute, when Alena Sidewell got the ball from Anita Mancini and fired it past a diving Beurket, giving the Rockets a 2-1 lead.
The Bobcats would record a shot in the 58th minute, when Jaggers fired a shot towards the net, forcing the Toledo keeper to make a save. A few minutes later, Curry would get another shot off, however it would go wide of the net.
Toledo would register two more shots in the 69th and 70th minute, with the first one going wide of the net and the second ball forcing Beurket to make the save, keeping the game at 2-1.
Eades would get a shot off in the 71st minute, but it would be blocked by the Toledo defense. The shot by Eades would be the final shot from either team and the Bobcats would fall by the final of 2-1.
Overall, Ohio recorded six shots with three of them on goal, while Toledo recorded 12 shots with seven of them on goal. Curry registered one goal on two shots and Eades also recorded two shots, meanwhile Leckie and Jaggers both recorded one shot.
"We have to have more urgency," Rodgers said. "We have to have more energy. We've have to be able to take the game to them and have that little extra effort that Toledo had today, and we were a little bit lacking in that. That was the difference in the game today and we need to make that the difference for us on the game on Thursday."
The Bobcats wrap up the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 26 when they head to Kent, Ohio to take on Kent State. First touch is set for 3 p.m.