KALAMAZOO, Mich. –The Ohio soccer team (6-4-0, 1-1-0 MAC) continued Mid-American Conference play Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29), falling to Western Michigan (3-5-1, 0-0-1 MAC), 1-0, at the WMU Soccer Complex.
"I give a lot of credit to WMU for how they played today," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "It was a very good game with both teams giving good performances. We played some good soccer today and created some good chances. This game is what our conference is all about. We look foreword to be back at home on Friday."
Western Michigan opened the game with the first attempt of the day with a ball that forced starting keeper, junior Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to make a save in the sixth minute.
Ohio's first attempt of the game came in the 11th minute on a ball from senior Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), which forced the WMU keeper to make a save.
Western Michigan recorded the next two attempts of the half, both of which would not be on goal, sending the game to the half with it still scoreless.
At the half, Western Michigan outshot the Bobcats three to one, while the Broncos took four corner kicks to the Bobcats' zero.
Western Michigan opened up the second half with the first shot, a ball that went wide of the net.
Senior Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) recorded Ohio's second attempt of the game, a ball that forced a Bronco save in the 54th minute.
However, WMU responded with the next three shots, one which was blocked, one saved by Malham and another one that would go wide of the net, keeping the game scores less in the 56th minute.
The Broncos struck in the 62nd minute on a goal from Grace Labadie, putting WMU up 1-0.
The Bobcats recorded an attempt in 68th minute, a ball from freshman Olivia Page (Springboro, Ohio), however, it went side of the net.
The Broncos went back on the attack, recording the next three shots, with two of them forcing Malham to make a save. Moments later, senior Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) recorded an attempt of her own, a ball that forced the WMU keeper to make a save in the 77th minute to keep the game at, 1-0.
Ohio kept pushing to get the equalizer with sophomore Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) recording a shot that was saved in the 80th minute. The final attempt of the game came from freshman Maddie Young (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded an attempt in the 84th minute, forcing the WMU keeper to make a save and seal the 1-0 victory for the Broncos.
Overall, Western Michigan outshot the Bobcats 12-6, with six shots on goal compared to Ohio's five. The Broncos also recorded five corner kicks to the Bobcats' one.
Individually, Milesky, Townsend, Leckie, Daugerdas, Young and Page all recorded shots for Ohio.
In net, Malham got the start and played all 90 minutes, allowing one goal and making five saves.
Up next, the Bobcats return home to Athens next weekend. Ohio opens the weekend on Friday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. against Toledo. The Bobcats wrap up action at Chessa on Sunday, Oct. 6 against Bowling Green at 1 p.m.