After losing the first game of the year to Boston on Sunday, Ohio was unable to control the offensive attack of the Syracuse Orange, losing 7-0 at Pruitt Field on Monday afternoon.
Ohio trailed right from the beginning, and it started with Annalena Ulbrich scoring off a Syracuse corner just over two minutes into the game. Three minutes later, Jordan Page put one in the back of the net to give the Orange a 2-0 lead. Ohio struggled to maintain the Orange’s offensive attack, as Syracuse would score three more in the half, leaving Ohio with a 5-0 deficit going into halftime.
“We had a bad 15 minutes, not many times do you give up that many goals in that amount of time,” Ohio coach Neil Macmillan said.
In the limited opportunities the Bobcats had to score on offense, they weren’t able to put one in goal. With just a few minutes left in the first half, the Bobcats finally began putting some pressure on the Orange defense after a Syracuse (3-0) turnover. Cassie Rich and Maria Russell each had shots miss wide, with one of them coming off an Ohio corner.
The second half was better than the first half for Ohio (0-2), who allowed only two goals.
On the offensive side, the Bobcats played much better in the second half. Although they were not able to score a goal, they had more opportunities to score than they did in the first half.
Ulbrich lead the way for the Orange, as she had three goals on three shots and also added an assist. Page had three assists, which was a game-high, and also scored two goals.
For the Bobcats, Russell had a team high two shots, while Rachel Kho and Lauryl Desch each had one shot on goal.
Ohio was dominated in the stat book, being out-shot by Syracuse 17-7, while also having fewer corners than the Orange, 7-3.
Despite the large defeat, there were still some positives to take away against a top-ranked team, especially for the rest of their schedule.
“I think this was a great team to play, it’s gonna help us a lot (in the rest of our schedule),” Ohio junior Clarissa Leickly said after the game. “We can look at the film, look at what we did right and what we did wrong against a top five team, and how we can move forward and beat those MAC teams.”
Ohio’s next game will be Saturday, a road game against California. The game will be played in Bloomington, Indiana, and will begin at noon.