ATHENS, Ohio-- The Ohio Women's soccer team (1-3-1) returned home Friday (Aug. 31) to host Northern Kentucky University (3-2) for an afternoon match, where the Bobcats fell to the Norse, 3-2.
"We started the game really well and then we gave up a goal," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "They're a very physical team and very direct team. They kind of got us a little bit off of our game in the first half. (We) started the second half well, and unfortunately gave up a goal, but we did respond from that. This is a good sign from a good team and we've got a lot ahead of us to go down 2-0 and fight back. We easily could have dropped our heads but we had a lot of fight in us. Proud of that effort, we'll learn from this."
NKU would get the first touch of the game and start with strong offensive pressure from the get go, but the Bobcats would match the pressure on their side. The first Ohio corner and the first shot on goal came just over the fifth minute and came from Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) but was saved by Lindsay Lohmann.
Strong Ohio defense would hold off NKU through the first 20 minutes of play. A shot from Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would go high over the Norse goal.
A corner from NKU led to a shot on goal that was saved by Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) in the 15th minute. NKU continued to push with a shot on goal that was also saved by Beurket.
NKU would strike first, after a corner kick from Samantha Duwel assisted Chloe Mills just over the 22nd minute to take the 1-0 lead. Another shot came from Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) in the 27th minute.
At the half, Ohio would still find themselves in a 1-0 deficit. Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky), Kah, Townsend, Leckie, Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Victoria Breeden (Hudson, Ohio) all registered a shot. Beurket grabbed two saves in the first half, allowing one goal.
Ohio and NKU each recorded six shots in the first half.
To start the second half, the Bobcat came looking to score, with a shot on goal from Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the 48th minute.
Another Norse goal came on a breakaway from the right to the far left post with just four minutes gone in the second to increase the lead to 2-0. Hueber continued to be aggressive with another shot on goal that was saved by Lohmann.
Ohio's first goal came from Kah at the 61st minute, assisted by Townsend, that went right of the goalie to make it 2-1. After an Ohio corner, a header from Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) was saved in the 74th minute as the Bobcats continued to press NKU's defense.
The equalizer came from Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) in the 78th minute, unassisted, making her first career goal to tie the game 2-2.
While the score remained tied with two minutes to go, NKU struck a heartbreaker in the 88th minute to reclaim the lead and the win 3-2.
Overall, the Bobcats would register 15 shots, with 11 on goal. Kah and Dirrig would each register one goal each. Kah and Townsend ended the match with three shots a piece. The Norse would record 17 shots with seven on goal.
In net, Beurket would allow three goals and make four saves on 17 shots through her 90 minutes of action.
The Bobcats will continue at home on Sunday (Sept. 2) against Marshall at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.