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ATHENS, Ohio â On a hot and humid day at Chessa Field, the Ohio soccer team (1-2-0) would drop a heartbreaker to High Point (3-0-1), falling to the Panthers 2-1 on a penalty kick with five minutes to go in the first overtime.
âWe knew that team was really good at set pieces, so we will continue to grow and learn on set pieces,â head coach Aaron Rodgers said. âWe gave up two goals, with the tying one on a set piece. We will continue to work on that. Itâs a great preparation for our conference. Theyâre a team that a lot of teams in the MAC play that similar style and theyâre very good and effective at it. We did some good things. I liked a lot of things that we can take away from that game. We didnât lose to a bad team. That is a very talented and effective team. â
High Point would waste little time getting the offense moving with Becca Rolfe forcing the Bobcat keeper to make an early save just 50 seconds into the game.
The Bobcats would respond, with Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) forcing the High Point keeper to make a save in the first minute.
Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) would then make the Panthers work, taking the next five shots for the Bobcats. Hueberâs hard work would pay off in the 15th minute when Hueber received the ball from Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) and push it past the right side of the keeper. The goal was the first for Hueber in a Bobcat uniform and her first of the season, giving Ohio the 1-0 lead.
In the 27th minute, High Point would register their first shot since the early minutes when Vanessa Cordoba (Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia) saved a shot by Tyler Gordon.
Ohio outshot High point, 8-4 in the first half while both keepers registered three saves each.
The Panthers would force Cordoba to make a save in the 53rd minute, however the Bobcats would respond with a shot of their own when Milesky sailed a shot high in the 56th minute.
Eades would register another shot on goal in the 65th minute and Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) and Macey Juguilon (Brunswick, Ohio) would both register shots minutes later.
Unfortunately, High Point would even the game up in the 84th minute when the Panthers executed a free kick and Callyn Loughrey would score the equalizer to tie the game at 1-1.
The Bobcats would make one last rush in regulation, with Eades forcing the High Point Keeper to make another save, however the game would end with a 1-1 tie in regulation.
It would take a little more than four minutes into the first overtime for the game to end, with High Pointâs Kelsey Perrell executing a penalty kick to give the Panthers the 2-1 win.
Overall, Ohio outshot the Panthers 14-12, with Hueber registering five shots, two of them on goal and one goal. Eades registered four total shots, with three of them registering on goal. Milesky, Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.), Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio), Curry and Juguilon all registering one shot each.
Cordoba would register six saves on eight shots faced, allowing two goals in 97 minutes.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Sept. 2 when they head to Cleveland, Ohio to take on Cleveland State. First touch is set for 7 p.m.