Shots (on goal)
YPSILANTI, Mich. â The Ohio womenâs soccer team (3-10-1, 1-6-0 MAC) kicked off its final road trip of the regular season on Friday evening (Oct. 14), falling to Mid-American Conference West foe Eastern Michigan (5-8-2, 3-4-0 MAC), 2-0.
âOur team never gives up,â head coach Aaron Rodgers said. âWe gave up two goals in the first half, which was disappointing. Weâve made that a habit, unfortunately. But we havenât given up all year. We clearly dominated the second half, but couldnât get a goal. We hit the cross bar a couple of times and their goalie made a couple of really good saves. But what it comes down to is we have to finish our chances and not give up soft goals that we continue to give up. Credit to our team. We continued to fight all the way.â
It did not take long for Eastern Michigan to get on the board, taking a 1-0 lead in the second minute when Rachel Washburn scored off of a free kick.
The Bobcats would get their first shot of the game in the seventh minute when Megan Niebuhr (Cincinnati, Ohio) fired a ball that would end up registered as an Eastern Michigan team save.
The Eagles would register the next shot in the 15th minute, when the EMU ball was saved by Taylor Smith (Uniontown, Ohio). Eastern Michigan would pick up another shot in the 26th minute, with the Bobcat defense blocking the shot before it would make it to the net.
Ohio would register another shot in the 31st minute when Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) fired the ball to the EMU net, forcing the Eagleâs keeper to make her first save of the game.
Eastern Michigan would add on in the 36th minute when Stef Barcelos capitalized on a penalty kick, giving EMU a 2-0 lead.
That would be the last bit of offensive action through the rest of the first half and the Bobcats would go into halftime trailing 2-0.
Overall, EMU outshot Ohio 6-2 in the first half, with four of EMUâs shots on goal, compared to Ohioâs two.
In net, Smith allowed two goals and made two saves on four shots faced through the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, it took over 15 minutes before the first shot was registered. In the 62nd EMU would get a shot off near the Ohio net, forcing Smith to make the save.
Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) would register Ohioâs first shot of the second half in the 67th minute, when the ball was blocked on the way to the net. Eades would then register the next shot of the game, sending the ball high above the net in the 70th minute.
Ohio would get their best chance in the 72nd minute when Mollie Whitacre (Perrysburg, Ohio) would take a corner kick and Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) would get a hold of the ball and fire it off the post.
Eastern Michigan would register another shot in the in the 75th minute, off a ball that would go high.
Jaggers would register her second shot of the game in the 77th minute when her ball would go wide of the EMU net.
Eastern Michigan would register a header in the 79th minute that would go wide.
However, Jaggers would follow that up in the 81st minute with another shot that would go wide.
Jaggers shot would spark an Ohio offensive force, with Macey Juguilon (Brunswick, Ohio) firing a shot high in the 83rd minute. In the 86th and 88th minute, Jaggers would register two more shots, with the first one being saved by the EMU keeper and the net one going high of the net.
Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) would register the final shot of the game on the 89th minute, however her shot would go high and in the end, Ohio would fall to Eastern Michigan by the final of 2-0.
Overall, Ohio outshot EMU, 11-9, however the Eagles would register five shots on goal compared to Ohioâs three. Jaggers led Ohio with five shots and two of them on goal. Eades was next with two shots and Juguilon, Niebuhr, Leckie and Alivia Milesky all registered one.
In net, Smith allowed two goals and made three saves on eight shots faced in her 90 minutes of action.
âOur team is hungry and is ready to play on Sunday,â Rodgers said. âI know we will be ready. I know we are prepared and I know that we are fit and it will be another great effort on Sunday.â
Up next, the Bobcats head to Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Sunday, Oct. 16 to take on Central Michigan in their final road game of the regular season. First touch is set for 1 pm.