Soccer: Despite comeback, Bobcats drop season opener

With Ohio trailing Butler, 2-0, the Bobcats were looking to try to get back into the game. Ohio’s answer came in the form of an experienced player and a player who was playing her first game for the program.

Even though senior Liz Finley and freshman Allie Curry tied the game at two late in the second half, the Bobcats’ defense failed to do its job in the second overtime.

A header from defender Kelly Mahoney in the 104th minute gave the Butler Bulldogs a 3-2 double-overtime victory against the Ohio Bobcats in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup in West Lafayette, Ind., on Friday afternoon.

Ohio and Butler exchanged chances for the first 66 minutes of the match. Ohio came out the stronger of the two teams in the second half with chances from forward Lexi Milesky and central midfielder Annie Beard giving the Butler defense a scare, but it was the Bulldogs who opened the scoring.

In the 67th minute, Stephanie Kaylor took a corner kick, and her delivery was met by Mahoney, who headed the ball from the left side of the six-yard box past Ohio goalkeeper Nicole Amari.

Just a minute later, Butler (1-0-0) doubled its lead. McKenzie Muchow crossed the ball in from the right side of the field, and Elise Kotsakis got on the end of the cross and scored from the edge of the six-yard box on the right side.

On 75 minutes, Ohio started to make its comeback. Finley hit her shot from the outside edge of the 18-yard box over goalkeeper Madison Card’s head into the top half of the goal.

Then, four minutes later, Curry made her Ohio Bobcat debut one to remember. Her shot was from a tight angle on the right side of the 18-yard box that floated inside the left post to make the score 2-2.

Curry had the chance to be the hero for Ohio (0-1-0) five minutes later, but her shot went left of the goal.

In the first overtime period, Butler had a chance to end the game. Kotsakis unleashed a shot toward goal, but Amari made the key save to keep the score tied at two.

After neither team scored in the first overtime session, Mahoney popped up again to end the match with six minutes to go. Kaylor hit another corner kick into the box, and Mahoney got free in the penalty box again and hit a header past Amari.

Ohio will play one more match in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. On Sunday, the ‘Cats will face Purdue at 2 p.m.

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