Soccer: Ohio searching for third-straight victory at Dayton

After a come-from-behind 3-1 victory against Detroit at Chessa Field on Friday, the Ohio Bobcats are looking to win their third-straight game before MAC play begins.

Ohio will travel to Dayton to take on the Flyers at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“They are a really good team,” Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers said. “They have been top of the A-10 for years and have two Canadian national team players up top. They are coming off some tough results, so they’ll be gunning for us. But it’s not something we can’t handle.”

With Ohio leading Detroit 2-1 late in the game, a shot by Lexi Milesky was deflected into the penalty box, and two freshmen combined to score Ohio’s third goal of the game. Left back Celeste Fushimi-Karns chased the ball down, avoided the goalkeeper, and hit a cross to Hannah Jaggers. Jaggers’ shot took a deflection, but the ball went into the back of the net.

Rodgers is pleased with the way the freshmen have contributed so far this season.

“They have been able to assimilate into the team easily,” he said. “All the credit goes to the upperclassmen and team leaders for welcoming them into the team. I knew that they were quality players and that they would contribute at some point.”

In the last two games for Ohio (3-4-0), it has allowed one goal. Junior center back Grace Campbell thinks a couple of factors have played into Ohio’s improving defense.

“The communication across the back is improving from game to game,” Campbell said. “We have also been quick in our defensive movements and also pushing up the field.”

Dayton (2-5-1) will be coming into this game in a slump. The Flyers have lost their last four games, and in their last two games, they have been outscored 9-0. Dayton is 2-0-0 at home thanks to victories against UC Santa Barbara and Murray State.

One player Ohio must contain is midfielder Nicole Waters. Waters, a junior from Terra Cotta, Ontario, has scored four goals and assisted on five others this season. Three of Waters’ five assists came in the victory against Murray State.

Ohio will need Milesky to play her best game if it’s to win its second away game of the season. Milesky, a native of Plain City, Ohio, is in a rich vein of form. She has scored in Ohio’s last two games.

For Ohio to win its third-straight game, it will have to have high energy and be disciplined on defense.

“We have to come out super intense in the practices leading up to Friday’s game,” she said. “Friday’s game will be a good test for us. We have to be ready for the challenge.”

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