Shots (on goal)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio â The Ohio womenâs soccer team (2-5-1, 0-1-0 MAC) opened the Mid-American Conference part of its schedule on the road Friday (Sept. 23) night, falling to Bowling Green (6-3-0, 1-0-0 MAC), 2-0.
âIt was a good challenge,â head coach Aaron Rodgers said. âIt was the first game of MAC play and we always know itâs going to be hard. We also know that all MAC games are rather even and sometime it comes down to execution in the key moments. Overall, it was an even game. Bowling Green was just a little more clinical in those two chances and they capitalized.
It took 10 minutes into the first half for the first shot of the game to be registered, with Bowling Green getting credit for it in the 10th minute.
After that, Ohio went on an offensive attack when in the 13th minute, Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) and Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) both rocketed shots towards the BGSU keeper, but the defense was able to block both of them. Still in the 13th minute, Ohio would get their first corner kick of the game, which would result in an Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) header going high, keeping the game scoreless.
Bowling Green would register another shot in the 15th minute, which would go high over the net and keeper Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio).
After that, both defenses took over, with the next shot coming from the Bobcats in the 32nd minute, when Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) fired a ball to the net that was saved by the BGSU keeper.
Bowing Green would get the next shot off minutes later, but the Ohio defense would block it and prevent it from even getting to the net. The Falcons would get one more shot off before the half, pushing it wide of the net.
The teams would enter the half tied at 0-0, with Ohio and Bowling Green both registering four shots each. Ohio would get one on goal and force the Bowling Green keeper to make one save.
Beurket would play all 45 minutes of the first half, facing those four shots, but would not face one on goal and would not have to make a save.
Bowling Green would start the second half flying, getting the first two shots of the half. The first one in the 45th minute that was saved by Beurket. Then in the 47th minute, they would get another shot off that would go wide.
Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) would get Ohioâs first shot of the second half, rocketing the ball wide of the goal in the 49th minute.
However, Bowling Green would respond and score seconds later, taking a 1-0 lead on a Erica Hubert goal in the 50th minute.
The Falcons would continue to test the Ohio defense, getting off the next three shots of the game in the 53rd minute.
In the 57th minute, Hueber would get another shot off while fighting with the defender, however the shot would go just wide of the net.
In the 65th minute, Bowling Green would force Beurket to make two more saves. However, Eades would come back down the field in the 68th minute and fire a ball to the net, forcing the BGSU keeper to make another save.
The Falcons would take a 2-0 lead in the 75th minute off of a free kick and was headed into the net by Skylar Fleak.
Macey Juguilon (Brunswick, Ohio) would come back in the 77th minute and get a shot on the board for the Bobcats. A minute later, Leckie would get another shot off, forcing the Falcons' keeper to make another save.
In the 84th minute, Jaggers would get her second shot of the game, another ball that the Falcons' keeper was forced to stop.
The shot by Jaggers would be the last one taken in the game, and Ohio would fall by the final of 2-0.
Overall, Ohio registered 10 shots with six of them on goal. Eades, Hueber and Leckie would all register two shots, with both of Leckieâs and Eadesâ being on goal. Jaggers also registered two shots and two shots on goal. Alivia Milesky and Juguilon would each register one shot each.
âWe held the ball well,â Rodgers said. âWe started off slow, but really generated our best chances after the first goal was scored. We kept generating chances even after they scored the second goal, which says a lot about this team. Itâs a good challenge for us and we take things from this game and apply them and get ready for Sunday at Toledo.â
Beurket would play all 90 minutes and allow two goals and make three saves on 13 total shots faced.
âErinâs been awesome,â Rodgers said. âBoth goals tonight were good goals for Bowing Green. Erin has come in and sheâs worked hard and sheâs taken the opportunity and has been great for us. Sheâs a hard worker and sheâs earned every minute sheâs playing right now and itâs paying off.â
Ohio returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 25 when the Bobcats head to Toledo, Ohio to take on the Rockets. First touch is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.