KENT, Ohio – The Ohio soccer team (10-8-1, 5-5-1 MAC) wrapped up the regular season on Thursday (Oct. 31), falling to Mid-American Conference foe Kent State (6-9-3, 4-5-2 MAC), 3-1, inside Dix Stadium. With the conclusion of today's matches, the Bobcats will have the sixth seed in this year's MAC Tournament and will take on No. 3 Western Michigan on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Mich. in the MAC Quarterfinals.
"Today was a tough game for us against a determined Kent State team who was playing for their tournament hopes," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "After a tough first half we responded well the second, but had too big of a deficit to overcome. I am proud of how this team has played overall this season and look forward to competing at the highest level in the MAC Tournament."
Kent State recorded the first three attempts of the game, the first in the third minute that went wide, then another one in the sixth minute on a ball that as blocked by the Ohio defense. The Flashes recorded another shot in the ninth minute, however the ball was once again blocked by the Ohio defense.
Kent State struck first in the 13th minute on a goal from Sierra Hunderson-Muschett, putting the Flashes up 1-0.
After the goal, the Bobcats went right at the Kent State defense with junior Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) firing a shot at the net in the 14th minute, however the ball would be saved by the Kent State keeper.
Moments later, Kent State recorded another shot before adding another goal, this one from Tianna Harris in the 17th minute, which gave the Flashes a 2-0 lead. Kent State added another goal in the 25th minute, this one from Maddie Holmes, giving the Flashes a 3-0 advantage.
After two attempts were saved by Ohio starting goal keeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.), freshman Olivia Page (Springboro, Ohio) recorded an attempt of her own for the Bobcats, this one in 39th minute. However, the attempt was stopped by the Flashes' keeper. Neither team recorded another attempt, sending the game to the half with Ohio trailing, 3-0.
Overall, Kent State outshot Ohio, 9-2, with five shots on goal compared to Ohio's two. Kent State also recorded nine corner kicks compared to Ohio's one.
The Ohio offense picked up to start the second half, with the Bobcats recording two-straight attempts. The first one came from senior Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), which went high of the net. The next one game in the 60th minute off a ball from Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio), however this one would be saved by the Kent State keeper.
The Bobcats pressure paid off when in the 63rd minute, freshman Olivia Darrow (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) scored with the help of Dirrig to cut the Kent State score to 3-1.
After another Kent State attempt was saved by Malham, the Bobcats pressured once again, this time with Townsend firing the ball at the net, however, the attempt went wide of goal. Moments later, senior Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) also sent a ball wide of the goal, keeping the game at 3-1. Then in the 73rd minute, Townsend recorded another attempt, however this one would just hit off the cross bar.
After the attempt from Townsend, Kent State put two more balls on goal in the 82nd and 85th minutes, however, they were both saved by Malham, keeping the game at 3-1.
Townsend was able to get another shot off in the 87th minute, however, once again the ball was stopped by the Kent State keeper to keep the game at 3-1. Leckie registered the final shot of the game for either team, however the ball went wide of the net, sealing the 3-1 victory for Kent State.
Overall, Kent State outshot Ohio 14-11, with nine shots on goal to the Bobcats' five. The Flashes also added nine corner kicks to Ohio's three.
Individually, Townsend recorded five shots with two on goal, while Leckie recorded two attempts. Darrow added a goal on one shot, while Dirrig added an assist and one shot on goal. Milesky also recorded an attempt for the Bobcats.
In net, Malham got the start, allowing three goals and making six saves while facing 14 shots in 90 minutes of action.
Up next, the Bobcats begin postseason play in the 2019 MAC Tournament on Sunday. Nov. 3. The sixth-seeded Bobcats will face off with No. 3 Western Michigan at 1 p.m. in Kalamazoo Mich.