Midfielder Catherine Allon’s goal with less than two minutes remaining in double overtime gave the Xavier Musketeers a 3-2 victory against the Ohio Bobcats at Chessa Field on Friday evening.
“We scored two really good goals and didn’t defend very well,” Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers said. “We gave the ball away too many times. When you give the ball away, you’re going to give up goals.”
On 20 minutes, the Bobcats opened the scoring. Carly Manso took the corner kick from the right side of the field, and her delivery found central midfielder Annie Beard, whose header went past Xavier goalkeeper Katie Markesbery and into the right corner of the net.
The lead didn’t last for long, however. A minute later, Kenadie Carlson raced past Ohio center back Gabby Hausfeld on the left side of the field. Her shot was deflected toward the middle of the penalty box, and Tori Doss scored an empty-net goal.
Four minutes later, Ohio (1-4-0) was close to regaining the lead. The Bobcats executed another corner kick, and Beard got her head on the ball again, but Markesbery was able to keep the ball from going into the net.
In the 29th minute, Lexi Milesky played a one-two with Sasha Haverchak. Milesky ran down the right side of the field, but her attempted cross into the penalty box was saved by Markesbery.
With 16 minutes gone in the second half, Leah Sandercock had the chance to break the tie. Her left-footed shot from long range was tipped over the crossbar by Markesbery.
Three minutes later, Ohio was able to take the lead again. Liz Finley was running with the ball toward goal, and she eventually passed the ball to Manso, who was on the left wing. Manso took a couple of dribbles with the ball, turned to her right and unleashed a shot to the bottom right corner of the net, which went past Markesbery and into the net.
On 70 minutes, Ohio was close to doubling its lead. Haverchak was in the middle of the field, and her pass found Alli Cislo, who was running down the right flank. Her shot at goal was high, but it was saved by Markesbery.
Six minutes later, Cislo had another chance to give Ohio a two-goal lead. Celeste Fushimi-Karns’ long throw-in found Kelley Zebrowski, who ran with the ball down the left side of the field. Her cross from the penalty box found Cislo, but Cislo was unable to control her shot, which went wide of the goal.
“We have to convert more of our chances,” Rodgers said. “It takes time, but we have to learn to execute under pressure.”
With eight minutes left in the game, Xavier (2-3-0) tied the game at two. Meredith Gleichert’s pass found Doss, who ran toward goal and took a shot from long range. Ohio goalkeeper Nicole Amari tried to track back to stop the shot, but the ball flew past her and into the net.
“It’s part of the mental toughness side of the game we have to improve on,” he said. “We have to be more organized and more disciplined as a team.”
At the end of the first overtime, Ohio had a chance to win the game. Finley’s pass was directed to Manso, who crossed the ball into Milesky, but her header lacked power, which made the shot an easy save for Markesbery.
In the 109th minute, Allon got on the end of a pass in the penalty box, and her shot went into the left corner of the net to end the game.
Ohio will host Eastern Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m. Rodgers is targeting a response from his team.
“I hope we bounce back,” Rodgers said. “We better. The advantage of playing games on Fridays and Sundays is that we have the opportunity to regroup quickly.”