Shots (on goal)
CLEVELAND â Led by Alexis Mileskyâs two goals, the Ohio womenâs soccer team scored five goals in the second half, defeating Cleveland State, 5-0, Friday (Sept. 2) night. It was the first time since 2013 that the Bobcats scored five goals in a game.
The win was also Ohioâs first shut out since Sept. 25, 2015 at Buffalo.
âThat was a phenomenal second half from us,â head coach Aaron Rodgers said. âGive full credit to the players. We made a few changes at halftime. Some were tactical changes and some were about our desire and want to fight for 50-50 balls. In the first half, Cleveland State did a phenomenal job of fighting and battling and we needed to match that in the second half. The girls did a fantastic job of matching and bettering Cleveland Stateâs intensity. Once we did that, we were able to get the ball and have it more.â
In a game that would end up being dominated by the Bobcats, Cleveland State got the first chance of the game when CSU forced Ohio keeper, Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) to make the first save of the game in the second minute.
Ohio would get the next two chances, with Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) pushing a shot wide in the fifth minute, followed by Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) missing a chance high in the sixth minute.
After the Vikings got another shot on goal off in the 13th minute, Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) would register Ohioâs next three shots, with the first one going wide in the 20th minute. In the 26th and 27th minutes, Curry would force the CSU keeper to make two saves to keep the game scoreless.
CSU would register one more shot on goal in the final minute of the first half, but Beurket would snag the shot and keep the game scoreless entering halftime.
Overall in the first half, Ohio registered six shots and Buerket would be forced the make four saves.
It the second half, it took eight minutes for the Bobcats offense to came alive. After CSU registered the first shot of the half, Ohio would end up striking first, when in the 53rd minute, Mollie Whitacre (Perrysburg, Ohio) would take Ohioâs first corner kick of the game. The Vikings would fail to clear the kick, allowing Megan Niebuhr (Cincinnati, Ohio) to score on a cross from the six-yard box. Hueber would register the assist on Niebuhrâs first goal of the season.
About 10 minutes later, Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would add to the scoring, getting her first goal of the season on a blast from the 25-yards on the right side to the far post, putting the Bobcats up 2-0.
Ohioâs offense refused to let up, with Ohio getting the next three shots, two from Leckie and one from Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio).
Then in the 73rd minute, Alexis Milesky blew the game wide open for Ohio, picking up her second goal of the game after receiving a cross from Eades and beating the keeper one-on-one, giving Ohio the 3-0 lead.
Cleveland State would get a shot off in the 76th minute that would go wide. Then a minute later, Hueber would capitalize on a free kick 20-yard out at left center of box, giving Ohio a commanding 4-0 lead. The goal was Hueberâs second of the season, now giving her goals in back-to-back games.
Ohio would put the final exclamation point on the game in the 85th minute when Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would beat the keeper one-on-one for her first goal of the season, putting Ohio up 5-0. Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would register the first assist of her career on the goal.
The Bobcats would run out the final five minutes of the game, giving Ohio the 5-0 victory.
Overall, Ohio registered 17 shots compared to CSUâs 12. Ohio would also register nine shots on goal and take four corner kicks.
Leading the way was Alexis Milesky who scores both of her goals on her only two shots of the game. She now sits seventh all-time in Bobcats history with 16 career goals.
Hueber registered a goal and an assist on two shots, while Niebuhr and Kah both registered goals in the game. Leckie recorded four total shots, with one on goal and Curry registered three shots with two of them on goal. Katie McCurley (Lake Zurich, Ill.), Olivia Sency (Medina, Ohio) and Eades all registered one shot, with Eades and Alivia Milesky each picking up assists on the day.
In goal, Beurket got the start and did not allow a goal while snagging seven saves in 90 minutes of action.
âWe stayed really true to the process that we started last January and theyâve committed to our growth as a team,â Rodgers said. âI give credit to the girls for the adjustments they made and their willingness to trust in each other and the coaching staff, and it resulted in a huge second half with five goals from multiple people. It was a great overall performance. All 25 people who are a part of our program had a roll in that. â
The Bobcats return to the pitch on Friday, Sept. 9 when Ohio takes on Marshall. First touch is set for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field.