DAYTON, Ohio – The Ohio women's soccer team wrapped up non conference play on Friday (Sept. 15), with the Bobcats falling to Dayton, 3-0.
"I thought we played a good first half and were a bit unfortunate to be down a goal," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "Dayton outplayed us in the second half and that was the difference in the game. We should learn a lot about ourselves from this non conference and be prepared for conference play next week."
The Bobcats pressured the Dayton defense early on, with the Bobcats recording the first few shots of the game, with Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) forcing the Dayton keeper to make a save in the second minute. Moments later, Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would also fire a shot towards the goal that would go just high of the net.
After little offense for the next 10 minutes, Dayton would record their first shot of the game in the 11th minute on a ball that would also go high. Dayton would get their first shot on goal in the 17th minute on a ball that forced starting keeper, Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio), to make a save to keep the game tied at 0-0.
After the shot from Dayton, Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would register the next two shots for the Bobcats in the 19th minute with the first one going wide and the second one going high. A few moments later, Jaggers would get her head on a ball that would go just wide. Ohio wasn't done on the offensive push, with Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) firing a show towards the goal, forcing the Dayton keeper to make her second save of the game.
Unfortunately, Dayton would strike in the 24th minute when Sara Robertson, giving the Flyers the 1-0 lead.
However, the Bobcat offense kept rolling and just moments later, Milesky would record another header that would be blocked. Then in the 33rd minute, Kah would get her second shot of the game on a ball that would be blocked.
Dayton would record the next two shots of the game in the 35th and 37th minute, with one going wide and the other one hitting the crossbar.
Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) would record the last shot of the first half for the Bobcats in the 39th minute on a ball that would go wide. Neither team would generate much offence the final few minutes of the half and the game would go to overtime with Dayton leading, 1-0.
In the first half, Ohio registered nine shots with two on goal, while Dayton registered five with two on goal.
Leckie would register the first shot in the second half, when in the 46th minute she would fire the ball and force the Dayton keeper to make her third save of the game. Dayton would respond moments later in the 48th minute on a shot that would be blocked by the Ohio defense.
In the 53rd minute Dayton would take a 2-0 lead on a goal by Micayla Livingston.
After the goal, Ohio and Dayton would only trade one shot during the next 20 minutes of play. However, in the 73rd minute, Kaitlynn Kiehl would fire a shot that hit the crossbar and then receive her own rebound and put it in the net, giving Dayton a 3-0 lead.
Leckie would register another shot on goal for the Bobcats in the 75th on a ball that would force the Dayton keeper to make a save.
After the Leckie shot, neither team would register another shot the remaining 15 minutes of the game, and the Bobcats would fall by the final of 3-0.
Overall, the Bobcats registered 12 shots with four on goal, while Dayton recorded 10 shots with four on goal.
Leckie led the way for Ohio, recording four shots with two of them on goal. Kah, Milesky and Jaggers all registered two shots, with Kah and Jaggers each getting one on net. Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Daugerdas both record one shot.
In net, Beurket allowed three goals and registered one save in 90 minutes of work.
The Bobcats open Mid-American Conference play on Friday, Sept. 22 when the Bobcats host Eastern Michigan. First touch is set for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field. The Bobcats will then host Central Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.