Ninety minutes were not enough for the Ohio Bobcats on Sunday afternoon, as senior midfielder Laura Mastro’s game-winning penalty shot gave the Bobcats a 2-1 (3-2 SO) win over Indiana to improve their record to 3-2.
After losing a close contest to Louisville on Saturday, the Bobcats showed a lot of heart and character to get the job done against a team that was undefeated entering the contest.
For the third consecutive contest, the Bobcats out-shot their opposition, 22-17, with nine of the shots on target. Taylor Brown, Cathryn Altdoerffer and Caelyn Hartley each had two shots on target.
Brittany Walker had another impressive display in the net for the Bobcats, as she made four saves in regulation, and three in the shoot-out to preserve the win for the Green and White.
The ‘Cats’ first real chance came in the 16th minute, as Jessica Jue found senior forward Cathryn Altdoerffer via a penalty corner, and her shot was saved by Indiana stopper Maggie Olson.
In the 32nd minute, Indiana tested Brittany Walker for the first time, as Morgan Fleetwood’s shot was saved by the sophomore stopper from Pennsylvania.
After a dire first half, Indiana (4-1) opened the scoring in the 46th minute, as Audra Heilman scored her third goal of the season to put the Bobcats in danger of falling under .500 for the first time this season.
The Bobcats, like yesterday’s game, showed a fighting spirit. In the 51st minute, Luli Gomez Teruel had a shot saved by Olson. Ohio kept putting the pressure on the Hoosiers and eventually got their reward for their no-quit mentality.
In the 54th minute, that reward came, as sophomore Ashley Cureton scored from a Jue pass off of a rebound on the right side of the field.
With the game tied at one, the ball fell to the Bobcats’ best finisher, as Taylor Brown’s attempt to play hero was unsuccessful, as her shot was off-target. After 70 minutes of play, the game went into overtime.
At the beginning of the first overtime period, the ball fell to Brown again, and her shot was on-target, but saved again by Olson.
At the end of the first overtime period, Fleetwood’s shot was saved by Walker, and the game headed to a second overtime period.
With three minutes left to go in the second overtime period, Hartley tried her luck at becoming a hero for the Bobcats, but Olson’s save meant the game was going into a shoot-out.
In the shoot-out, Brown stepped up first for the Bobcats. She coolly placed the ball in the back of the net to give Ohio a 1-0 lead.
Indiana answered, as Heilman scored to tie the shoot-out at one.
After misses by Gomez Teruel and Emily Bowker, Altdoerffer kept her nerve and gave Ohio a 2-1 lead in the shoot-out.
Fleetwood missed an opportunity to tie the shoot-out, and Jessica Vaeth missed an opportunity to ice the game for the Bobcats. Nicole Volgraf stepped up and buried the ball in the back of the net to tie the shoot-out at two.
Laura Mastro and Brittany Walker were the heroes on this day, as Mastro put the ball past Olson to give Ohio a 3-2 lead. With Indiana needing to score to keep the game alive, Danielle McNally could not capitalize under the pressure, and Ohio was able to get a split of the two games in Bloomington this weekend.
Ohio will now travel back to Athens, as in-state rival and nationally ranked Ohio State comes to Pruitt Field on Wednesday, September 12. Start time is set for 7 p.m.
Player of the Game: Brittany Walker. She was absolutely huge in goal today for the Bobcats. Whether it was in regulation or in the shoot-out, she stepped up when her teammates needed her. She will be viewed as one of the heroes of today’s big road win, as her three saves in the shoot-out gave the Bobcats every chance to win, which they did. She is getting better every single week, and as a sophomore, she has a bright future.
Indiana Verdict: They had the lead in the second half, but could not hold on to it. They had chances to win the game in front of their home fans, but they just could not put their chances away. It will be interesting to see how they react after their first defeat of the season.
Ohio Verdict: A great performance from Neil Macmillan’s side. As they have done for most of the season, when things did not go their way, they stood up to the challenge and fought back. Walker and Mastro will get the plaudits, but this was a team performance. With Ohio State coming to town on Wednesday evening, we will see if the Bobcats can bring the momentum they gained from Bloomington to Athens. This is another chance for the Bobcats to show their ability against a nationally ranked team.