NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second-straight game, the Ohio soccer team (1-1-1) would hold its opponent scoreless, battling unbeaten Lipscomb (2-0-1) to a 0-0 tie Friday evening at the Music City Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
"When we schedule our non conference schedule, we really want to play teams that will mirror many of the top teams in our conference," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. " Lipscomb was their conference regular season champion last year and gave us a very tough game physically and with energy. That gave us exactly what we needed. We weren't our best in the first half, credit to Lipscomb, but we improved in the 2nd and OT. We will be a better team for the competition today."
Lipscomb would register the first three shots of the game, with the first one coming in the 11thminute, with the next two coming in the 14thand 17thminutes, respectively.
The Bobcats would record their first shot of the game in the 19thminute, when Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), fired the ball at the net, forcing the Lipscomb keeper to make the save to keep the game scoreless.
Lipscomb would get another shot on the board in the 21stminute, which would be blocked by the Bobcats' defense.
Then, after a few minutes with little action, Madelyn Kah (Hamilton, Ohio) would register a shot of her own in the 29thminute, forcing the Lipscomb keeper to record another save.
Lipscomb would get another shot in the 40thminute, however, starting keeper, Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) would register the save, keeping the game scoreless. Lipscomb would record one more shot in the 41stminute, however, neither team would score at the end of the first 45 minutes of play, and the game would go to halftime with it tied at 0-0.
Lipscomb outshot the Bobcats, 9-2, during the first 45 minutes of play. Milesky and Kah both recorded a shot, while Malham did not allow a goal and made three saves through the first half.
The Bobcats would get the first attempt in the second half, when in the 48thminute, Milesky would record her second shot of the game, however, the ball would go just wide of the net, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
Lipscomb would register the next attempt in a few minutes later, with a shot in the 52ndminute. However, the ball would once again be blocked by the Ohio defense.
In the 65thminute, Michelle Rockey (Woodland Hills, Calif.) would register her first shot of the game, with the attempt going just wide of the net. Moments later, in the 67thminute, Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) would get her first shot of the game, however she would also send the ball wide of the net.
Lipscomb would register a shot of their own moments later, however Malham would make the save, keeping the game scoreless.
In the 72nd minute, Milesky would register her third attempt of the game, however the ball would go wide. Then a few minutes later, Lipscomb would record back-to-back attempts, with Malham making a save in the 74thminute and the shot in the 75thminute go wide of the net, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
Lipscomb would register one more shot in the 84thminute, however, it would go wide of the net keeping the game scoreless. Neither team would be able to tally a goal by the horn, and the Bobcats would head to overtime for the second-straight game.
At the end of regulation, the Bison outshot Ohio, 14-6, with Lipscomb registering five shots on goal, to Ohio's two. Milesky registered three shots, with Rockey, Kah and Townsend all recording one.
In net, Malham faced five shots, making all five saves while not allowing a goal.
Lipscomb would register three shots during the first overtime and fortunately would not register a goal, sending the game into its second overtime still tied at 0-0.
In the second overtime, Lipscomb would get the first shot off in the 101stminute, but the ball would be blocked by the Ohio defense.
Ohio would register their first attempts of the overtime period moments later. In the 103rdminute, Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) registered a shot that forced the Lipscomb keeper to make the save. A minute later, Townsend would send the ball just high of the net, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
Lipscomb would be able to get a shot off in the 109thminute, but the ball would go wide of the net and time would run out, ending the game in a 0-0 draw.
Through 110 minutes, Lipscomb outshot Ohio, 19-8, with the Bison recording six shots on goal to Ohio's three on goal.
Milesky led the way with three shots, followed by Townsend with two. Kah, Leckie and Rockey all recorded attempts for Ohio.
In net, Malham was a brick wall, not allowing a goal in 110 minutes, facing 19 total shots and making six saves.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Aug. 26 for the final game of the Music City Invitational. The Bobcats will take on Vanderbilt at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.