MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – It would take overtime, but a game-winning header goal by Abby Townsend in the 92nd minute would give the Ohio women's soccer team (1-1-0) their first victory of the 2018 season, defeating Robert Morris (1-1-0), 1-0 in overtime Sunday afternoon (Aug. 19).
"We are very proud of the fight and grit we showed today," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "Credit to RMU for executing their game plan and frustrating our attack and trying to counter. Soccer can be a weird game sometimes and even with the majority of the play, you can come up empty. We weren't going to let that happen, we kept fighting and pushing and got the deserved result."
The Bobcats would register the first shot of the game in the fifth minute when Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) fired the ball, only for it to be blocked by the RMU defense. Moments later, Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.) would record a shot of her own, however the ball would go wide of the net. Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would record a shot of her own in the 14thminute, forcing the RMU keeper to make the save.
The Bobcats would continue to attack, with Maria Collica (Solon, Ohio) registering an attempt in the 21stminute, on a ball the forced the RMU keeper to make another save. Moments later, Townsend (Powell, Ohio) would head the ball just wide of the net.With the game still scoreless, Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would record a shot in the 25thminute on a ball that would go wide of the net. Two minutes later, Collica would record another shot on goal, firing the ball towards the keeper, forcing her to make a save. Leckie would record another shot in the 30thminute, however the ball would go wide.
The shot by Leckie would be the final one of the half from either side, sending the game to halftime with it still scoreless. Ohio outshot RMU, 8-0, with three of those shots on goal. Collica and Leckie both recorded two shots, while Santacaterina, Kah, Milesky and Townsend all recorded one shot.
The Bobcats would register the first shot of the second half, with Kah firing the ball just high of the RMU net. Leckie would add a shot of her own in the 50thminute, but her ball would also go high of the net.
After Milesky would register a shot in the 51stminute, RMU would get their first shot of the game in 52ndminute, forcing starting keeper, Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to make the save, keeping the game scoreless.
Leckie would record the next two shots for Ohio, one forcing the RMU keeper to make a save, followed by another one that the Colonial defense was forced to block. Then in the 61stminutes, Haley Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) would fire the ball off the crossbar, which allowed Milesky to get the rebound and fire it high of the net, keeping the game scoreless.
About 10 minutes later, Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) would record a shot that would force the RMU keeper to make another save. Milesky would record another attempt in the 77thminute, but the ball would go high, keeping the score at 0-0.
The Bobcats' offense would pick up again near the end of regulation. Townsend would fire the ball at the net, forcing the RMU keeper to make a save. Then in the 85thminute, Milesky would record another shot on goal, that forced the RMU keeper to make another save, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
Despite the push, the Bobcats would be unable to score and would send the game into overtime.
After 90 minutes, Ohio outshot RMU, 20-1, with eight of those shots on goal. Milesky and Leckie led the way with five attempts, followed by Kah with three. Townsend and Collica both registered two attempts.
In net, Malham faced one shot and made one save through the first 90 minutes of action.
It wouldn't' take long for the Bobcats to finally strike in extra time. After Milesky registered a shot on goal in the 91stminute, Towsend would pick up the game winner in the 92ndminute, heading the ball past the keeper. Miller would pick up an assist on the goal, and the Bobcats would take the game by the final of 1-0.
Ohio outshot RMU, 22-1, with nine of those shots on goal. Milesky led the way with six attempts, followed by Leckie with five. Kah and Townsend added three shots, while Collica registered two attempts.
In net, Malham faced one shot and made one save through the first 92 minutes of action.
The Bobcats are back on the road next weekend when they head to Nashville Tenn. for two games. On Friday, Aug. 24, Ohio will take on Lipscomb at 5:30 p.m. The Bobcats wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 26 when they take on Vanderbilt at 3:30 p.m.