The Ohio women’s soccer team cannot stop scoring goals at the moment.
Two second-half goals in an eight-minute span propelled the Ohio women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over lowly Morehead State at Chessa Field on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s always good to get your first home win of the season,” Ohio women’s soccer head coach Aaron Rodgers said. “We will put this one behind us and try to get more wins and do well in the conference.”
Freshman forward Alexis Milesky scored in the first minute of the match for Ohio (3-2-1). Morehead State pegged the Bobcats back eight minutes later, but goals late in the second half erased any doubt that the Bobcats would be unable to make it three wins in a row.
“We want to be able to score more goals than the other team,” Rodgers said. “We have not had a shutout yet, but the defenders, goalkeepers and myself want to get one soon.”
Ohio did get off more shots than the Eagles (0-5-1). The Bobcats had 14 shots compared to Morehead State’s nine. Ohio executed 10 corner kicks, while the visitors only took three.
“We have been getting better and better on set pieces,” Ohio midfielder Maggie Murnane said. “It all comes down to who wants it more when you are in the box.”
The ‘Cats got off to the perfect start against the Eagles. Erin Feeney put the ball into the box off a free kick, and the ball eventually fell to Milesky, who put the ball into the bottom left corner of the net to put the early pressure on the Eagles.
Just four minutes later, redshirt freshman Carly Manso had a golden opportunity to double Ohio’s lead. After a nice sequence of passing, the ball found Manso, and her left-footed shot went just wide of the post.
On nine minutes, the Eagles received a lifeline. Junior forward Jade Flory got into the box, and her pass found Holly Tilley, whose right-footed shot sneaked past Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston and gave the Eagles the momentum.
In the 13th minute, Ohio had a chance to regain the lead. After Murnane was fouled while trying to create a scoring opportunity, Milesky stepped over the ball attempting a free kick, and her shot just barely went over the head of Eagles ‘keeper Hannah Collins.
Eight minutes later, Junior midfielder Elizabeth McSparin took a free kick for Morehead State, but her free kick was corralled by Liston.
On 23 minutes, the Eagles went on the counterattack. Holly Tilley found Karen Hilt, and Hilt went down the right side of the field, but her attempted cross to Flory was denied by the Ohio defense.
Ohio had another great chance to take the lead for the second time in the match in the 29th minute. Liz Finley found Milesky in the middle of the field, but her attempt was saved by Collins.
The team’s went into the break deadlocked at one, and Rodgers decided that something had to be done.
“We made some tactical changes, but it was nothing major,” he said. “The girls were a little sluggish after the game against Niagara. We didn’t play our best game, but we were still able to get a win today.”
The Bobcats made their first significant move 11 minutes into the second stanza. Finley put in a cross from the left side, and Holly Harris’ header went wide of the mark.
The Bobcats had three corners in the 60th, 64th and 65th minutes, but they were unable to find the back of the net.
On 72 minutes, Ohio got the lead for the second time in the contest. Tonya Frasik took the corner on the right side of the field, and Murnane headed the ball into the top left corner of the goal to make the score 2-1.
In the 80th minute, Ohio made sure Morehead State would not have a chance to take the game into overtime. Milesky put a cross into the box, and the ball connected with a Morehead State defender, who put the ball into her own net to double Ohio’s advantage.
Ohio had a chance to put four goals past Morehead State, but Allison Cislo’s shot with seven minutes left went over the crossbar.
The Ohio women’s soccer team will look to make it four wins in a row when it travels to take on Youngstown State on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.