Ohio hoping to get off to perfect start in conference play against Falcons

Molly Harris rips a shot earlier this season vs. Morehead State.

Carly Manso rips a shot earlier this season vs. Morehead State.

Even though the Ohio women’s soccer team had huge advantages in shots, shots on goal and corners against Cleveland State last Friday, the ‘Cats were unable to score the decisive goal, which led to a frustrating double-overtime scoreless draw with the Vikings.

Despite not finding the back of the net against Cleveland State, the Bobcats will take an impressive unbeaten run into conference play.

The Ohio Bobcats (4-2-2) will look to extend their five-game unbeaten run when they welcome the Bowling Green State Falcons (0-6-0) to Chessa Field on Friday for a 4 p.m. kickoff.

“Even though we did not beat Cleveland State last Friday, this unbeaten run still breeds confidence within the team,” Ohio head coach Aaron Rodgers said. “We will come into Friday’s game full of confidence, and knowing what is required of us will hopefully help us get good results in conference play.”

The Bobcats defense has been stellar of late. The Green and White has not allowed a goal in its last 281 minutes on the field, which is something that pleases freshman forward Alexis Milesky.

“We have been focusing on defense a lot in practice,” Milesky said. “We do little drills in every practice. Gabby (Hausfeld), Grace (Campbell) and Natalie (Bechtel) have been doing a great job focusing on the details. Mattie (Liston) also does a great job directing the defense on where they need to be.”

The Bobcats know that if they want to have success on Friday, they will have to take the game to the Falcons. Rodgers is making sure the squad will be ready to do that in front of their home fans.

“We have been working on maintaining possession this week in practice,” Rodgers said. “We have been working on playing quickly and moving the ball from the defensive side to the attacking side. We will also work on our finishing and set pieces, as well.”

The Falcons have not had much success this year. The team has been outscored 13-4 by its opponents this season. The Falcons only have three assists and eight corner kicks this season, as well. The statistics do not look good, but Rodgers is not taking the Falcons lightly.

“They will be organized and difficult to break down,” Rodgers said. “We will have to move the ball quickly if we are to get the result we want.”

The last time the Bobcats were at home was Sept. 8, when they took down Morehead State 3-1. Rodgers is excited to be playing in front of the home supporters on Friday.

“It is always good to be at home,” he said. “This is a place we are familiar with, and we have gotten good crowds to come out to our games so far this season.”

Ohio will now be playing teams it knows well, but Milesky and the team will keep the same mindset no matter the opponent.

“It doesn’t matter what team it is, we want to beat them,” Milesky said. “With the way we are going, nothing should change. We want to win games.”

Senior midfielder Madeline Wideman will be the one player Ohio must contain if they are to leave Chessa Field on Friday with a victory. Wideman has scored one goal and assisted on two others. Haley Malaczewski, Kaitlyn Tobin and Ashley Garr have all contributed one goal for the Falcons.

For the Bobcats to win on Friday, they will have to play well defensively and do a better job of taking full advantage of their scoring opportunities.

“We have to pay attention to detail,” Milesky said. “We need to pay attention to set pieces, and we have to stay compact at the back.”

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