Late goals propel Bobcats to overtime win

They kept attacking, and attacking and attacking. And after pounding the net all day with a fury of shots, they were finally rewarded.

Despite a 33-3 shot advantage, including a 15-2 shots on goal advantage, Ohio (3-5) trailed for a majority of the game after Towson University (1-9) got a goal in the 20th minute to take a 1-0 lead. Towson would keep that lead going into the half, despite being outshot 19-2.

The second half would not prove to be much different with the Bobcats continuing an onslaught offensive attack on the Tigers, but they could not seem to take advantage of their opportunities.

With four minutes to go in the game, the Bobcats were finally able to score when freshman Franziska Schmiedel put one in the back of the net off of a penalty corner to tie the game at 1-1. The game would remain tied at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Bobcats were once again rewarded for their attack when senior Jessica Jue scored the game-winner in the 77th minute to give Ohio the 2-1 overtime victory over Towson.

Jue also led the team with nine shots and five shots on goal. She assisted on Schmiedel’s, which tied the game.

For Towson, goalie Brittany Varacallo was spectacular, saving 13 of 15 shots on goal, and allowing only two goals. Varacallo’s play in the net was crucial, with Ohio taking 33 shots, and only scoring on two of them.

The win for Ohio ends a two-game losing streak and also improves their record to 3-1 in neutral site games.

Ohio’s next game will be today, when they face Robert Morris at noon in Coraopolis, Pa.

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