HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – A goal by senior Alivia Milesky midway through the second half was all the Ohio soccer team (2-0-0) would need as they defeated Northern Kentucky (1-1-0), 1-0, Sunday evening (Aug. 25) inside the NKU Soccer Stadium.
"Obviously we are happy with the result tonight," Head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "NKU is a strong team that has had the better of us the last couple of seasons and has been very good in their conference. The thing that stands out to me is how connected our entire group was tonight. Our depth and the contribution of so many players lead us to a very good performance."
After an uneventful first 15 minutes, sophomore Morgan Collica (Aurora, Ohio) fired off the first shot for the Bobcats in the 16thminute, followed by another attempt moments later from Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) that went high of the net.
NKU got their first attempt in the 22ndminute, followed by senior Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) firing the ball at the net moments later, forcing the NKU keeper to just poke the ball over the net, keeping the game scoreless.
The Norse got back-to-back attempts in the 25thand 27thminutes, before senior Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) recorded a shot of her own on a ball that would just go over the top of the net. Ohio kept the pressure on, with sophomore Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) recording an attempt in the 35thminute before freshman Olivia Page (Springboro, Ohio) fired the ball at the net, forcing the NKU keeper to make another save.
The Norse registered a shot before the end of the half with the ball going wide of the net, however the game would go to the half with it tied at 0-0.
Overall, Ohio outshot NKU, 7-5, with the Bobcats recording two shots on goal to NKU's 1.
The Bobcats got the first attempt in the second half off of a shot from Milesky in the 48thminute, however it would go just wide of the net, keeping the game scoreless. Milesky got another shot off in the 53rdminute, however this one also went wide of the net.
NKU finally got a shot off in the 58thminute, with the ball going wide of the net.
The Bobcats finally struck in the 61stminute when Milesky scored off of a ball from Townsend, giving Ohio a 1-0 lead.
Townsend ➡️➡️Milesky and the Bobcats lead! pic.twitter.com/mJfHzeWNtc— Ohio Soccer (@OhioWSoccer) August 26, 2019
The Bobcats continued to put pressure on the NKU defense with sophomore Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio) recording a shot of her own in the 67thminute that forced the Norse keeper to make a save. Townsend recoded a shot on goal of her own in the 74thminute that forced the keeper to make another save to keep the Bobcats lead at 1-0.
NKU attempted to get the equalizer in the 84thminute on a shot, however it would go just over the top of the net, keeping Ohio's lead at 1-0.
The Bobcats attempted to add on in the 87thminute when freshman Maddie Young (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded a shot that went wide, followed by a shot from Leckie that forced the NKU keeper to make the save to keep the game at 1-0.
Neither team would score over the remaining three minute, helping seal the 1-0 victory for the Bobcats.
Overall, the Bobcats outshot NKU, 15-7, with Ohio recording seven shots on goal to NKU's one.
Ohio was led by Milesky who scored one goal on four shots, followed by Townsend who registered one assist on two shots with one on goal. Leckie also added two shots on goal for the Bobcats, while Daugerdas, junior Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.), Sensky and Collica all recorded shots for Ohio.
In net, junior Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) got the start and did not allow a goal in 45 minutes, while making one save. Sophomore Sam Wexell (Irwin, Pa.) played the second half and did not allow a goal or record a save in 45 minutes of action.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Aug. 30 when Ohio hosts Cleveland State. First touch is set for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field.