Shots (on goal)
Athens, Ohio - Despite a goal from Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio), the Ohio women's soccer team (2-4-1) fell to Xavier 2-1 Friday (6-2-1) afternoon at Chessa Field.
"I think today we scored a great goal. Obviously Xavier is a good team. We lacked a little bit of urgency at times. That is something that we will work on. We want to be able to put teams under pressure more than we did today," head coach Aaron Rodgers said.
Ohio came out of the gates and Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) registered the first shot of the game on goal for the Bobcats, but it was saved.
The Xavier offense came back firing registering the next six shots. The Bobcat defense held strong for the first five shots, including two saves by Ohio goalkeeper Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio), but the sixth one found the back of the net as Samantha Dewey scored the first goal of the game for Xavier in the 28th minute.
The Bobcats tried to equalize in the 34th minute when Rianna Reese (Liberty Township, Ohio) went in on a breakaway, but Xavier keeper Toni Bazzaro made the save. Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) followed up with another shot on goal for the Bobcats two minutes late, but saw her shot saved too.
Ohio came out rearing to go in the second half. Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) fired a shot on net in the 47th before assisting on Eades' equalizer for Ohio five minutes later.
The two sides went back-and-forth for the next 20 minutes before Tori Doss for the Musketeers to give Xavier a 2-1 lead with under 15 minutes left in the match.
The Bobcats tried to mount a comeback, however their lone shot in the final 15 minutes was a shot that went over the crossbar by Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio).
"I think we continue to find ourselves in the same situation where we are right at the door and we are knocking the door halfway open." Rodgers continued, "The door is halfway open, we have played some difficult teams, we have competed and we are just not quite getting the results."
Despite being outshot 16-6 by Xavier, Ohio saw five of its six shots go on target. Ohio also won the corner battler 4-3.
Beurket made five saves in the match.
Ohio is back in action next Friday (Sept. 23) when they open conference play on the road against Bowling Green in Bowling Green, Ohio. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.