Athens, Ohio— The Ohio women's soccer team (5-7-1, 2-2-1 MAC) continued Mid-American Conference play Thursday Oct. 5, taking on the Buffalo Bulls (5-5-2, 3-1-1 MAC), with the Bobcats falling, 2-1.
"Obviously we're sad and disappointed but lessons to be learned," head coach Aaron Rodgers said after the game. "This is the first time we've lost a game [where] we've scored first and we just needed to be a little sharper defensively."
Ohio started off the game with some good offensive looks and aggressive ball movement and passing. The first shot of the game came in the second minute, by Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) and went wide. The Bulls kept things even on their offensive side as well, but Ohio was able to stay alert and match their energetic play.
Buffalo's first shot came from Carissima Cutrona in the sixth minute, and was saved by Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio.) The Bulls got a corner attempt shortly after, taken by Julia Benati in the seventh minute. In the ninth minute, Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) had a shot that was blocked, as Ohio was unable to make it past the Bulls defense. Another shot for Ohio was attempted by Jaggers and saved by Laura Dougall in the 11th minute, and lead to offensive pressure from the Bulls, as Benati had a shot on goal that went wide.
The Bobcats had their first corner opportunity in the 12th minute that was taken by Curry, saved by Dougall. In the 22nd minute, Moira Petrie had a shot that went wide, as Buffalo was unable to capitalize on the offensive opportunity. Cutrona had a shot in the 31st minute that went wide. Another shot came from Petrie in the 34th minute, and went high.
Ohio's next shot on goal was attempted by Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio,) but was saved by Dougall in the 35th minute. The Bulls then took the ball to the other side of the field, where Petrie took another shot that went high.
The Bobcats continued the offensive push off a header shot from Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio,) a shot that went wide, in the 36th minute.
The next Bobcat corner was taken by Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) in the 39th minute, which led to some offensive aggression from Ohio on the offensive side, including a shot coming from Victoria Breeden (Hudson, Ohio) in the 41st minute, that was saved by Dougall.
At the end of the first half, Ohio and Buffalo were tied 0-0. The Bobcats won the shot battle in the first, 9-8. Jaggers tallied three shots, Curry had two, and Knorr, Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.), Breeden, and Eades each had one. The Bobcats had a total of two corner kicks to Buffalo's 1. Buffalo's Dougall had five saves in the first half, while Beurket had one.
The Bobcats were tested defensively to start the second half, trying to match Buffalo's intensity, with their first shot coming in the 46th minute. In the 50th minute, Cutrona had another shot on goal, that was saved by Beurket.
The Bulls took their corner kick in the 52nd minute Benati, and the second attempt in the 57th minute, also taken by Benati.
Eades would score first for Ohio in the 60th minute off a free kick opportunity and was assisted by Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.,) and Knorr. This was Eades first goal of the season, putting Ohio ahead 1-0 over the Bulls. After a foul was called on Ohio, the Bulls got a free kick that was saved by Benati.
In the 78th minute, Sara Kattainen (Tampere, Finland) had a shot on goal that was saved by Dougall, and the Bobcats still led Buffalo 1-0. Jaggers had two very good looks at a goal in the 82nd minute, shooting one that was saved, and one that went wide.
Buffalo evened the score in the 85th minute, with a goal from Gianna Yurchak, her sixth goal of the season, assisted by Cutrona and Benati to make it 1-1.
The Bulls were able to score again in the 86th minute to take the 2-1 lead over Ohio. The goal was scored by Benati, her fourth of the season, and came from the front of the net to the left of Beurket.
The Bobcats would have one last chance in the final seconds of the game, when off the corner kick, Santacaterina would fire a rebound to the net that the UB keeper would just keep from going over the line, giving UB the 2-1 win.
"We created some very good chances in the second half," Rodgers said. "It would've been nice to take some of those."
At the end of the contest, Buffalo had eight shots to the Bobcat's nine. The Bulls ended up with two corner kicks, and Ohio had one. Beurket tallied three saves in the second half, while Dougall ended up with five.
Jaggers led the Bobcats with seven shots on goal; Curry, Santacaterina, Daugerdas, and Eades all had two, and Knorr, Breeden, and Kattainen each had one after the final whistle.
The Bobcats are back in action when they head to Akron, Ohio Sunday (Oct. 8) to take on the Zips. First touch is set for 1:00 pm at FirstEnergy Stadium- Cub Cadet Field.