ATHENS, Ohio –The Ohio soccer team (7-5-0, 2-2-0 MAC) returned to action on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6), falling to Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green (6-4-2, 4-0-0), 3-1, at a rainy and wet Chessa Field.
"Bowling Green is a good team," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "They were one of the teams picked to win the league. It was a tale of us being soft in the first half and then showing our grit in the second half. Unfortunately, we spotted them three goals and not taking care of details on set pieces can hurt you. We know that and we've taken advantage of that in the past and we're suffering for it today. We fought hard in the second half. Stats are stats, but we had more shots in the second half than they did the entire game. If you can take anything from that, then it means we played a much better second half."
Both teams had a difficult time getting their footing through the early moments of the game, with the first attempt coming from Ohio freshman Maddie Young (Cincinnati, Ohio) on a ball that went wide in the 12th minute.
Bowling Green registered the next attempt moments later on a ball that also went wide of the net.
Neither team recorded another attempt until the 26th minute when Bowling Green scored off a goal from Chelsee Washington with an assist from Maureen Kennedy, putting the Falcons up, 1-0.
The Falcons scored again three minutes later when Bowling Green executed a corner kick, with Jasmijn Dijsselhof sending the ball in to the head of Kennedy, giving the Falcons a 2-0 lead in the 28th minute.
The Falcons registered two more attempts, while Ohio would be unable to get a shot off the reminder of the half, sending the game to halftime with Ohio trailing, 2-0.
At the half, the Falcons outshot the Bobcats, 5-1, with five corner kicks to the Bobcats three.
Bowling Green struck early in the second half when Hannah Dolfuss scored in the 48th minute, putting the Falcons up, 3-0.
After the Falcons recorded another attempt, the Ohio offense game alive, recording three straight shots, starting with sophomore Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) who put the ball right off the crossbar. Senior Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) and junior Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ohio) would both register shots that would be blocked by the BGSU defense, keeping the game at 3-0.
Another shot by Bowling Green in the 56th minute forced junior keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) to make a save.
In the 65thminute, senior Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would get the best attempt of the game thus far, firing the ball at the open net, however a Falcon defender would just get in front of the ball, making the defensive save for Bowling Green. Townsend and freshman Olivia Page (Springboro, Ohio) followed that attempt up with two of their own, however, they would both be blocked, keeping the game at 3-0.
After an attempt from sophomore Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio) would force a Bowling green save, the Bobcats would finally strike in the 82nd minute. Milesky received the ball from Townsend and Young and fired the ball past the BGSU keeper, cutting the Bowling Green lead to 3-1.
Both teams would generate little offence through the remaining 10 minutes of the game, sealing the 3-1 victory for the Falcons.
Overall, Ohio outshot Bowling Green, 12-10, however, the Falcons had six shots on goal compared to the Bobcats' four. The Falcons also registered seven corner kicks to the Bobcats four.
Individually, Milesky scored one goal on four shots with three on goal, while Townsend added an assist and two shots. Young also added an assist and one shot, while Sensky, Santacaterina, Daugerdas and sophomore Morgan Collica (Aurora, Ohio) all registered shots.
Ohio heads back on the road on Thursday, Oct. 10 to take on Akron. First touch is set for 7 p.m. The Bobcats then return to Athens for the start of a three-game home stand on Sunday, Oct. 13. The Bobcats and Buffalo will face off at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.