In the team’s final spring season match, the Ohio Bobcats used a powerful offensive attack to defeat the Malone Pioneers, 6-0, at Chessa Field on Saturday afternoon.
“For us, it’s not about the opponents we play,” Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers said. “It’s about how we develop as a team. We have the opportunity to develop physically and mentally, and we have been working hard on our system and how we want to play.”
Despite the victory, the Bobcats did receive bad news on the field. With the team leading 3-0, striker Holly Harris was on the edge of the penalty box, and her left-footed shot went into the bottom right corner to extend Ohio’s lead to 4-0. But, after the strike, Harris was on the ground and in pain. Harris had to be helped off the field.
Rodgers said Harris suffered a left knee injury and went to the hospital for more tests.
Before Harris’ second goal of the game, she added one earlier in the match. Ohio was leading 1-0, and Lexi Milesky passed the ball to Harris, and even though Harris’ shot took a deflection, the ball went over the goalkeeper’s head and into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Milesky was able to add her name to the score sheet later on in the match. Ohio was leading 4-0, and Milesky got behind the defense and found herself in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Milesky went to the goalkeeper’s left and her shot found the bottom left corner of the goal to give Ohio a 5-0 lead.
Much like the first two home games of the spring season, Rodgers was pleased with his team’s offensive effort.
“It shows that the girls are working within the system,” Rodgers said. “We have only spent last fall working on the new system.”
Milesky scored the last goal of the game for the Bobcats. Milesky got in behind the defense once again, but, this time, she went to the goalkeeper’s right side and placed the ball into an empty net.
The Ohio defense was rarely tested against Malone’s attack, and Rodgers is hoping the team can post clean sheets on a regular basis.
“Shutouts are key,” he said. “Our system allows to attack, but sometimes it leaves us vulnerable at the back. As we grow as a program, we’ll be able to cope with that.”
With the spring season now at its conclusion, Rodgers and his team will continue to work hard before next season rolls around.
“We will continue to grow in our system and grow mentally,” Rodgers said. “We have to portray ourselves as a championship team, and we are getting closer to that.”