Soccer: Finley’s goal the difference as Ohio defeats Western Michigan

Ohio's Liz Finley goes up for a header against Akron on Sept. 26. Finley's goal gave Ohio a 1-0 victory at Western Michigan. Photo by Carl Fonticella.

Ohio’s Liz Finley goes up for a header against Akron on Sept. 26. Finley’s goal gave Ohio a 1-0 victory at Western Michigan. Photo by Carl Fonticella.

In her time playing for Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers, Liz Finley has been a mainstay on the left side of the field. Whether it’s providing assists or scoring goals, she is one of the players Rodgers counts on when Ohio is in the attacking third.

On Friday night, Finley’s goal-scoring ability put Ohio back on track.

Finley’s goal in the middle of the second half gave the Ohio Bobcats a 1-0 away victory against the Western Michigan Broncos.

In the 19th minute, Ohio came close to taking the lead. Tonya Frasik executed a corner kick, and Annie Beard got free in the penalty box, but her header was wide of the goal.

Western Michigan (8-3-0, 2-1-0 MAC) had its chances to strike first. Four minutes after Beard’s attempt at goal, Heather Piccariello’s header was saved by goalkeeper Nicole Amari.

On 27 minutes, Aubrey Sudomier tried her luck at goal, but her shot came off the crossbar. Twelve minutes later, Candice Uhl took a shot at goal, but her shot did not trouble Amari.

At the beginning of the second half, Ohio (5-6-0, 2-1-0 MAC) almost went in front. Sasha Haverchak unleashed a shot toward goal, but her shot did not test goalkeeper Kaitlyn Collin.

In the 60th minute, Sudomier was at it again, but she failed to hit the target.

Four minutes later, Ohio took the lead. Finley’s close range finish, which was assisted by Alli Cislo, handed Ohio a 1-0 lead.

With the win, Ohio is now unbeaten in its last six games against Western Michigan.

Ohio now has six points from its first three league games, and it will look to make it nine points from four league games when it travels to Northern Illinois. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

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