VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Ohio women’s soccer team played its final exhibition match of the preseason this afternoon (Aug. 12), playing Valparaiso to a 2-2 draw. The Bobcats and Crusaders played three 30-minute periods in their final tune up.
“It was another great opportunity for an exhibition game,” head coach Aaron Rodgers said. “It was another good opponent that presented us with some problems that we had to solve. We played three 30-minute periods. We did that because of the weather since they were calling for some pretty bad storms so we wanted to get the first 60 minutes in as quickly as we could. It ended up raining, but we got to play all 90 minutes. This was an exhibition game, so it was very performance based and very process oriented. We wanted to build on the things we built on Monday against NKU and continue to grow in preparation for the regular season. I thought we did some really good things. We again worked on our shape and style of play. I think we grew from that match against NKU and got better. Defensively, the two goals that Valpo scored were very uncharacteristic of us to give up. I thought we held possession really well and created a lot of good scoring opportunities and the freshmen got to get involved more and learn the pace of the college game.”
Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) got the first shot for the Bobcats early on in the fourth minute. Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) added another shot in the seventh minute, but the shot on goal was save by the Valpo keeper. Hueber would get the next shot for Ohio in the 15th minute, but it went wide left.
At the end of the first period, both teams registered three shots, with Ohio getting one on goal.
In the second period, the Bobcats would come out firing, with Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) getting two shots right away. In the 36th minute, Eades would have one shot blocked and would have her shot off the rebound go high. Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would have a shot saved by the Crusaders in the 37th minute
In the 43rd minute, Eades would add another shot, which would be snagged by the Valparaiso keeper. A few seconds later, Sydney Leckie would have a shot blocked.
Then in the 46th minute, the Bobcats aggressiveness would come through when Macey Juguilon (Brunswick, Ohio) would score off a free kick from the left flank, putting Ohio up 1-0.
Valpo would respond with a shot of its own in the 49th minute that would miss wide.
In the 51st minute, Hueber would register her third shot of the game, with the ball finishing wide left. The Bobcats would continue to apply pressure and it would once again be successful, with Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) beating the keeper on the left post, putting Ohio up 2-0. Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) would register the assist on the goal.
The Crusaders would register one more shot before the end of the period, but after 60 minutes of action, the Bobcats would lead 2-0. In that period, Ohio would register eight shots with two on goal.
In the third period, Valpo didn’t waste any time getting on the board, scoring in the 61st minute off a cross that was mishandled, cutting the Ohio lead to 2-1.
After not much action through the third period, the Crusaders would tie the game up at 2-2 in the 77th minute, which would end up being the final score.
Overall, the Bobcats would register 14 shots with six of them on goal. Hueber and Eades would lead the way with three total shots, with one of them on goal. Leckie registered one goal on two shots and Juguilon had one goal on one shot. Alivia Milesky registered two shots and one on goal, while Alexis Milesky, Olivia Sency (Medina, Ohio) and Jaggers would all register one shot. Jaggers also added her second assist of the preseason.
All three keepers would see action for the Bobcats, with Vanessa Cordoba (Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia) and Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) each playing 30 minutes and did not allow a goal or register a save. Taylor Smith (Uniontown, Ohio) would allow two goals in 30 minutes of action.
“All-in-all it was a very positive outing for us today and we’re looking forward to playing Butler next Friday,” Rodgers said.
Ohio will kick off the 2016 regular season on Aug. 19, against Butler. First-kick is set for 7 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind.