Bobcats, Cleveland State battle to scoreless draw

One hundred and ten minutes weren’t enough for the Bobcats (4-2-2) and Cleveland State Vikings (5-4-1) Friday evening. At the end of regulation play and two overtime periods, the two teams were staring at two goose eggs, with a 0-0 tie.

At Krenzler Soccer Field in Cleveland, Ohio and Cleveland State were both vying to keep their respective streaks alive. The Bobcats were nursing a four-game win streak and the Vikings were coming off of three straight wins. Both teams saw their streaks come to an end.

Offensively, the Bobcats kept pressure on the Cleveland State goal and Vikings goalkeeper, Sarah Wood, who ended the game with 11 saves. The Bobcats were unable to find the net even after taking a total of 24 shots.

Ohio came into the game with high pressure, taking four shots in the first 11 minutes before Cleveland State took one. Wood was ready each time the Bobcats came knocking, blocking all of the shots that came her way.

Cleveland State’s second shot came almost 40 minutes into the game. By then, the Bobcats had 12.

At the end of the first half, the Bobcats had racked up 12 shots, compared with the Vikings’ 3.

Missed opportunities proved to be a roadblock for the Bobcats, who had 16 corners. The Vikings took two.

Sophomore Holly Harris and junior Liz Finley each had five shots over the course of the game. Alexis Milesky had a strong performance with four shots.

Mattie Liston was solid for the Bobcats in the goal with three saves.

In previous matchups, the Bobcats have edged out the Vikings with a 3-2-1 record coming into the game. In last year’s match in Athens, the Bobcats saw 2-1 win.

Ohio opens up MAC play at home next Friday when Bowling Green comes to town.

 

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