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ATHENS, Ohio â After the start of the game was delayed 52 minutes because of weather, the Ohio womenâs soccer team (4-11-1, 2-7-0) snapped Ball Stateâs (12-3-2, 7-1-1) 10-game unbeaten streak, defeating the Cardinals 3-1 on Thursday (Oct. 20).
âWhat a response after a very disappointing loss to Central Michigan in two overtimes on Sunday,â head coach Aaron Rodgers said. âIt just showed the resilience of this team. Our record by far does not represent the quality of this team and weâve proven it right there. Ball Stateâs a fantastic team, defending champions of our league, tied for first place in our league if not first place. For us to come out and win in the fashion that we did, it was so much credit to these players and the hard work and their commitment and their commitment to each other and not let the frustrations of some of the results this year get them down.â
The Bobcats got the first shot off in the game, when just moments after the start of the game, Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) found Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) breaking away towards the goal and Curry fired it just wide of the post, giving Ohio the early chance.
Ball State struck first in the eighth minute when Gabby Veldman chipped the ball past the Ohio keeper, putting the Cardinals up 1-0.
After the Ball State goal, the Cardinals registered the next four shots, with two of them on goal.
Curry would register another shot in the 20th minute that would be saved by the Ball State keeper.
Then in the 22nd minute, the Bobcatsâ offense came through, when Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) received the ball from Curry and fired it from the left side of the net and tucked it behind the right post, tying the game at 1-1.
In the 27th minute, Ball State would register another shot that would be saved by Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio).
Then in the 31st minute, Ohio would get a hold of the ball once again and Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) would register her first shot of the game off a free kick that was saved by Ball Stateâs keeper.
Ohio would continue to press offensively and in the 44th minute, Hueber would receive the ball from Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) at the top of the box and fire it past the left side of the Ball State keeper, giving Ohio the 2-1 lead with a little over a minute left in the first half.
The Cardinals would register a shot before the end of the half that would go wide of the net, but Ohio would enter halftime with a 2-1 lead.
In the first half, Ball State outshot the Bobcats 8-5, with Ball state getting five shots on goal compared to Ohioâs four.
In net, Beurket registered four saves in 45 minutes of action.
Ball State would register the first shot of the second half, a ball that would go wide in the opening seconds of the half.
Ohio would extend their lead in the 57th minute when Alivia Milesky would register her second goal of the game when she pushed the ball past the left post, giving the Bobcats the 3-1 lead. Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) was credited with the assist on the insurance goal.
âThis whole season weâve somehow gone down in the first half and we knew that there was no way to give up and that weâd always come back,â Alivia Milesky said. âOur motto is âto the second goal.â Whoever gets the second goal is the one who steps up the game and gets the win. Every game weâve lost was by two or gone down by two and had to come back and that's what we thought we had to do, get another goal and get to the second.â
In the 58th minute, Leckie would register her first shot of the game, when she pushed the ball wide of the net.
Ball State would threaten in the 73rd minute on a shot that would go high. The Cardinals would get another shot off in the 78th minute, but that would be blocked by the Ohio defense.
Leckie would get another shot in the 84th minute, racing down the pitch and pushed the ball wide of the net.
Ball Stateâs biggest comeback threat came in the 86th minute, when Lucy Walton would get a shot that Beurket would made a specular save on. Walton would receive her own rebound, but the shot would go wide. Those were the last shots that either team would get off, and Ohio would come away with the 3-1 victory.
Overall, Ball State outshot Ohio 13-8. Alivia Milesky led the Bobcats, registering two goals on two shots. Hueber would register one goal on two shots and Curry and Leckie would also register two shots as well.
In net, Beurket was spectacular, allowing one goal and making five saves on 12 shots faced in her 90 minutes of action.
Up next, the Bobcats return to the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 23 when the Bobcats host Miami for Senior Day. First touch is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.