Shots (on goal)
ATHENS, Ohio â For the first time since 2008, the Ohio womenâs soccer team defeated Miami, shutting out the RedHawks 2-0 on Senior Day.
âI think Miami's had such a great program and so much credit goes to their coaching staff and their team for the wonderful history that they've had,â head coach Aaron Rodgers said. âI think our program is ready to take that next step and I'm so proud of this group. Players that played, players that didn't play, the coaching staff, for preparing our women to play so well today. Weâve been playing so well as of late and we just got to keep that momentum going through to Kent State on Thursday.â
Prior to the start of the game, the Bobcats honored their five seniors, Natalie Estes (Zionsville, Ind.), Brooke Kemerer (Saginaw, Mich.), Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), Kinsey Swartztrauber (Clayton, Ohio) and Mollie Whitacre (Perrysburg, Ohio).
The RedHawks opened the contest with the first two shots of the game, getting them off in the second and third minutes.
Ohioâs first shot of the game came in the fifth minute when Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) fired the ball high. She got ahold of another ball a few seconds later, firing the ball wide. The Bobcats got another shot off in the 14th minute when Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) pushed the ball high.
Miami got another shot off in the 15th minute, forcing keeper Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) to make her first save of the game.
Ohio responded moments later when Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) fired a shot that was saved by the Miami keeper. The Bobcats registered another shot in the 19th minute when Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) fired a shot that forced Miami to make another save.
In the 24th minute Miami got a shot off that went high and Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) followed it up moments later with a shot that went wide.
Jaggers registered two more shots in the 33rd minute with the first going wide and then next one forcing the Miami keeper to make another save. Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) registered a shot in the 36th minute, on a ball that sailed way high of the net.
Miami would record the final two shots of the first half. In the 38th minute, Miami would register a header shot that would go wide. Then the final shot of the half would come in the 43rd minute, with another shot that would go wide, and sending the game into the half tied at 0-0.
Overall, Ohio outshot Miami 9-6, with both teams getting three shots on goal.
Beurket got the nod in the net once again for the Bobcats, finishing the first half by not allowing a goal on six shots faced and making three saves in 45 minutes of action.
In the second half, Alivia Milesky would register the first shot of the second half in the 52nd minute off a header that the Miami keeper would save.
Miami would register a shot in the 115th minute, which would go wide.
The Bobcatsâ offensive push would finally capitalize in the 56th minute, when Alexis Milesky would receive the ball from Hueber in the top right of the box and then fire the ball in the upper right corner of the net, giving Ohio the 1-0 lead.
âI haven't scored in a while, but I guess it s a great time to score because we really needed it to win that half and win that game,â Alexis Milesky said. âI haven't really focused on necessarily scoring that much this year. Iâm always trying to but there has just been so many people whoâve scored that weâve really just shared the love.â
After the goal, Ohio would continue the push on the offensive side of the field, with Leckie registering the next two shots for Ohio. The first shot would come in the 64th minute and go high. The next one would be a breakaway with Leckie going one-on-one with the Miami keeper. Leckie would fire the ball and the Miami keeper would make a spectacular save, tipping the ball away with the tip of her fingers, keeping the game 1-0 Ohio.
In the 65th minute, Hueber would register another shot that would go just high. Then in the 68th minute, Alivia Milesky would get off another shot that would be saved by Miami. Then moments later off a corner kick from Whitacre, Alivia Milesky would get her head on the ball and it would hit off the top of the cross bar, once again keeping the game at 1-0.
Then in the 74th minute, Ohio extended its lead when Celeste Fushimi-Karns (Dublin, Ohio) shot the ball towards the net and it bounced past the diving Ohio keeper, giving Ohio the 2-0 lead. The goal was her first of the season and the first of her career. After the goal, Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) registered her first shot of the game in the 77th minute.
Itâs amazing,â Fushimi-Karns said, âItâs actually funny. Before the game Meghan [Niebuhr], Curry and I were all talking about how we think it would be awesome if I would just get a goal because itâs not common for a defender to score. The fact that it happened today after we were talking about it before the game is just icing on the cake.â
Miami would get a shot off in the 78th minute, but it would go wide of the Ohio goal.
Ohio would get another great chance in the 85th minute when Eades would get open in front of the net and fire the ball head on, but it would hit off the crossbar and bounce back into play, keeping the game at 2-0, Ohio.
Miami would register the final shot of the game, a powerful kick that would force Beurket to make her final save of the game and give the Bobcats the 2-0 shutout of the RedHawks.
Overall, Ohio outshot Miami 19-9 while registering eight shots on goal compared to the RedHawksâ five. Alivia Milesky led Ohio with five shots, two of them on goal. Jaggers and Leckie both registered three shots, while Eades and Hueber both got two shots off. Hueber would also register and assist in the game. Alexis Milesky registered one goal on one shot and Curry, Kah and Fushimi-Karns all getting one shot, with Fushimi-Karns picking up a goal.
In net, Beurket put together another strong performance, not allowing a goal and making four saves on nine shots faced in 90 minutes of work.
The Bobcats conclude the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 27. First touch is set for 3 p.m. at Chessa Field.