In a team full of juniors and seniors, sophomore forward Lexi Milesky is not only expected to help lead Ohio’s talented group of freshmen, but she’s also counted on to score goals in the absence of the injured Holly Harris.
It took Milesky less than 120 seconds to give the Bobcats a lead they would not relinquish.
Milesky’s spectacular left-footed shot was the difference as the Ohio Bobcats earned their first victory of the season by defeating the Wright State Raiders, 1-0, at Alumni Field on Friday night.
In the second minute, the Wright State defense failed to properly clear Carly Manso’s pass out of the penalty box. The clearance fell to Milesky, who hit a one-timer while falling on the ground. The ball went into the upper left corner of the goal to hand Ohio an early 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later, Milesky was at it again. A Tonya Frasik throw-in on the right side of the field found Milesky, who hit a cross in the penalty box to Liz Finley. Finley did not get strong contact on the header, which went wide left of the goal.
Manso looked to redeem herself after failing to score early in the game. She hit a hard shot in the 16th minute, but Wright State goalkeeper Halle Pyle made the save.
Just three minutes later, Ohio (1-2-0) had another opportunity to double its lead. A corner kick came in from the left side, and Annie Beard managed to get her head on the ball, but her attempt went over the crossbar.
Four minutes later, Wright State (0-3-0) had its best chance of the first half. Bryce Hueber’s flick in the box fell to Natalie Sedlock, but Sedlock’s shot did not trouble Ohio goalkeeper Nicole Amari as it went over the crossbar.
In the second half, Wright State started to push harder for an equalizer, while Ohio put players behind the ball to best defend Wright State’s all-out attack.
On 61 minutes, Hueber tried to make her mark on the game, but her shot from long distance did not trouble Amari.
Eleven minutes later, Hueber hit another right-footed shot at goal, but Amari made the save to preserve Ohio’s lead.
With 12 minutes to go, Ohio freshman midfielder Hannah Jaggers hit a right-footed shot toward goal, but her attempt was saved as Pyle dove to her left to stop the shot.
Wright State’s best chance of the game came with seven minutes left to go. Sarah Colvin had an opportunity to tie the game from close range, but Amari dove at Colvin to block the shot.
Ohio will travel to Lexington, Kentucky, to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday. Start time is set for 2 p.m.