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@OhioWSoccer Fights NIU to the End, Falls 2-1

@OhioWSoccer Fights NIU to the End, Falls 2-1

Oct. 2, 2016

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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Women’s soccer team (2-8-1, 0-4-0 MAC) suffered a 2-1 Mid-American Conference loss to Northern Illinois (4-5-2, 3-1-0 MAC) despite a resilient offensive effort on a cloudy Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field.

“I couldn’t ask much more of the players, we battled hard,” head coach Aaron Rodgers said. “We took it to them the whole time. I think soccer is just a crazy game like that. You can totally dominate a game in every statistical category and lose. This team has been resilient and working hard. I can’t speak enough about how hard we work. We just have to defend those key moments a little bit better. We just have to get over this and get ready for Buffalo on Thursday.”

Northern Illinois would strike first and take a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on an unassisted goal by Taylor Sarver on a breakaway for a shot into the right side of the box and past the goalkeeper’s left side.

Ohio would find several opportunities to attack but was unable to convert. Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) would lead both squads with four shots and two shots on goal in the first half while teammate Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would tally two shots and one shot on goal after 45 minutes of work.

Despite the Bobcats’ efforts on offense, Ohio would not score in the first half. On another unassisted goal by Northern Illinois’s Sarver, the Huskies would take a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute. Sarver would score her second goal of the game on a dribble up to the left side of the goal for a shot past the goalkeeper.

As a team, the Bobcats would record six shots and three shots on goal while Northern Illinois would tally three shots and three shots on goal.

In goal for Ohio, Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) would register one save and allowed two goals in the first 45 minutes. For the Huskies, Amy Annala would record three saves in the first half while allowing no goals.

Ohio remained aggressive on offense adding 11 shots in the second half alone while Northern Illinois would not record a single shot in the last 45 minutes.

Two promising back-to-back shots from Alexis Milesky would not convert but would ignite the Ohio offense in the 71st minute.

The second half would remain scoreless until the 82nd minute when Eades would shoot a penalty kick directly at the keeper, which Annala would save. Eades stayed on her toes and rebounded the ball to take another shot, this time to the left side of Annala for Ohio’s first and only goal of the game.

“We have to take a lot of good things out of it. We showed what a quality team we are and that’s a good thing because maybe Buffalo or maybe Akron is sitting back thinking we’re 0-4 and that it’s not going to be hard. But they’ll be surprised because we are a really good team.”

Overall, Ohio recorded 17 shots on the game compared to the Huskie’s three total. Eades and Alexis Milesky would lead the squad with six shots and four shots on goal each while Mollie Whitacre (Perrysburg, Ohio) would add two shots to the Ohio shot total and one shot on goal. Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.), Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) and Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would each add one shot for the Bobcats. Leckie and Jaggers would each tally one shot on goal.

Ohio and Northern Illinois would both earn five corner kicks on the game. The Huskies were aggressive through out; receiving 12 fouls compared to Ohio’s four.

In goal for Ohio, Beurket would register one save and two goals allowed while Northern Illinois’s Amy Annala would tally a total of 10 saves while allowing one goal.

Ohio will continue Mid-American Conference battles and take on Buffalo on the road on Thursday, October 6. First-kick is set for 7 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y.