Shots (on goal)
ATHENS, Ohio â The Ohio Womenâs soccer team (5-12-1, 3-8-0 MAC) fell to Mid-American Conference foe Kent State (12-2-2, 8-1-2 MAC), suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to the Golden Flashes to conclude the regular season on a windy Thursday afternoon at Chessa Field.
âI don't know what's going through my mind,â head coach Aaron Rodgers said. âThis has been the weirdest season I've ever been a part of because our record is no indication of the quality of this team and the heart that this team has played. We scored 26 goals in 2013, my first season, which was the most since 2003. Then we bettered that this year by a goal, we had 27. Itâs been such a fun team to work with and they've had such a great spirit this year. Theyâve worked so hard and were committed so much to each other so itâs just hard. Especially knowing that if we wouldâve won we wouldâve been in eighth place and we wouldâve gone in the tournament. To be so close, it hurts. I feel for the seniors and Iâm so appreciative for the four years they've given and how hard they have played and how much theyâve given to this program.â
The game would remain scoreless until the 17th minute when Mollie Whitacre (Perrysburg, Ohio) took a corner kick and sent it in to Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) for a header into the back of the net to put the Bobcats up 1-0. The goal would mark the third-straight game that Alivia Mileskyâs has scored and her fourth goal on the season.
Late in the first half, Kent State would tie up the score on a goal from Morgan Williams on a low shot from the right side of the box to slide past Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio).
In the first half, Ohio would record four shots total with three shots on goal. Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), Megan Niebuhr (Cincinnati, Ohio), Katie McCurley (Lake Zurich, Ill.) and Alivia Milesky each added a shot for Ohio.
Beurket would record two saves while allowing one goal in the first 45 minutes of the game.
Kent State tallied four shots with three shots on goal in the first half.
The Kent State keeper, Ashleah McDonald, would record two saves while allowing one goal in the first 45 minutes of the game as well.
Early in the second half, Ohio was aggressive and attacked the goal. Madelyn Kah (Liberty Township, Ohio) would score Ohioâs second goal in the 52nd minute on a pass from Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) into the center of the box to set Kah up for a shot past the Kent State goalie.
Kent State would answer quickly with a goal from Hayden Pascoe in the 54th minute to tie the game up once again at 2-2 on a pass from Kristen Brots to lead Pascoe with an overhead lob from halfway down the touchline for a header into the goal.
Neither team could score for the remainder of the second half, but both squads were aggressive throughout. Ohio would record five shots in the second half as well as two shots on goal. Beurket would add two saves to her total in the second half while allowing one goal.
The game would go into overtime and remained scoreless until the final five seconds when Kent Stateâs Pascoe got free on the run to shoot from the top of the box and chip past Beurket to hit the back of the net and end the game.
Overall, Ohio recorded 10 shots and six shots on goal.
Alivia Milesky led the way for the Bobcats, tallying three shots and two shots on goal in her 100 minutes of playing time. Kah would record two shots on the game with one shot on goal. Alexis Milesky, McCurley and Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) would each record one shot and one shot on goal. Niebuhr and Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) would each add a single shot for the Ohio shot total.
Beurket recorded four saves and allowed three goals in her 100 minutes of work.
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