Late strikes by Murnane, Harris sink Niagara

With five minutes to go against Niagara, the Ohio women’s soccer team was on the verge of losing their third match of the season. However, the Bobcats saved their best soccer for the end of the match.

Goals from Maggie Murnane and Holly Harris handed the Ohio Bobcats a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Niagara in Lewiston, N.Y., on Friday night.

Catherine Meyer did give the Purple Eagles the lead with 21 minutes remaining, but Murnane’s goal in the 85th minute and Harris’ last-gasp strike in the last minute of the match ensured the Bobcats would leave New York on a positive note.

Ohio (2-2-1) out-shot Niagara by 10, 15-5, and they had five shots on goal compared to Niagara’s three. Ohio also executed more corner kicks as they had seven, while Niagara only had five in the match.

In the beginning of the contest, Ohio made the first move. Erin Wrubel took a shot at goal, but Niagara stopper Claire Feiertag made the save.

Ohio’s Liz Finley and Carly Manso had shots at goal in the 7th and 11th minutes, respectively, but neither attempt put Feiertag to work.

On 18 minutes, Erin Feeney unleashed a shot, and Feiertag did well to deny Feeney a goal.

Four minutes later, Niagara had its first chance at goal. Hayley Besaw had a chance to give Niagara the lead, but Ohio ‘keeper Mattie Liston saved the effort on goal.

With three minutes to go, Ohio defender Grace Campbell tried her luck at goal. Her attempt was wide of the mark and the score was tied at zero at halftime.

Eight minutes into the second half, Niagara (0-5) tested Liston again with a shot from Breanna Cativpovic. Liston was able to keep Cativpovic’s shot out of the goal.

Even though they had far less chances to score a goal, Niagara made the breakthrough in the 69th minute. Kori Thorne found Meyer, and she took a shot from outside the 18-yard box, which went into the upper left corner of the net past Liston.

Ohio pressured Niagara in search of an equalizer, and in the 85th minute, Ohio was able to level the score at one. Murnane’s shot found the lower right corner of the net for her second goal of the 2013 campaign.

In the last minute of the match, Ohio completed its comeback thanks to Harris. Tonya Frasik found Harris, and the sophomore striker made no mistake in front of the goal.

The win gives Ohio head coach Aaron Rodgers his second win at the program. Ohio has scored seven goals in its last two matches.

Ohio will try to win its third consecutive match when it plays host to Morehead State on Sunday. Kickoff from Chessa Field is set for 1 p.m.




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