Soccer: Bobcats fall to Huskies despite numerous chances at goal

Ohio's Sasha Haverchak tries to keep the ball away from an Akron defender on Sept. 26. Haverchak was unable to take advantage of her chances in a 2-0 loss vs. NIU. Photo by Carl Fonticella.

Ohio’s Sasha Haverchak tries to keep the ball away from an Akron defender on Sept. 26. Haverchak was unable to take advantage of her chances in a 2-0 loss vs. NIU. Photo by Carl Fonticella.

The Ohio Bobcats had a plentiful amount of chances to take the lead against the Northern Illinois Huskies on Sunday afternoon. It didn’t matter if it was Sasha Haverchak or Erin Feeney, Ohio barely tested Huskies goalkeeper Amy Annala.

With 11 minutes left to go in the game, Ohio’s defense could not contain Jess Wooldridge.

Wooldridge, who came into the game with zero goals this season, scored two goals late in the game to give Northern Illinois a 2-0 victory against Ohio.

Three minutes after Ohio senior midfielder Erin Feeney’s shot was saved by Annala, Wooldridge broke the deadlock. Wooldridge’s shot was from close range and was assisted by Maggie Renfro and Lauren Gierman.

In the 82nd minute, Wooldridge doubled Northern Illinois’ lead. Wooldridge chipped the ball over Ohio goalkeeper Nicole Amari’s head from the right edge of the penalty box.

With 15 minutes to go until halftime, Ohio (5-7, 2-2 MAC) created many chances in the attacking third. On 31 minutes, senior midfielder Annie Beard took a shot at goal, but Annala made the save.

One minute later, right back Tonya Frasik tried to give Ohio the lead, but her shot went wide of the goal. Three minutes after Frasik’s attempt, Carly Manso’s shot toward goal was also wide of the target.

In the 39th minute, Feeney’s shot at goal went wide of the goal, and four minutes later, sophomore Alli Cislo’s shot failed to trouble Annala.

Feeney had one last chance to give Ohio the lead before halftime, but her shot went over the crossbar.

Ohio didn’t get its first chance of the second half until the 71st minute. Haverchak’s shot from a Manso corner went wide of the goal.

After Wooldridge had given Northern Illinois (5-6-1, 3-0-1 MAC) the lead, freshman Allie Curry tried to level the score, but her shot went wide of the mark.

Ohio will have two home games next weekend. Ohio will play Ball State on Friday at 4 p.m. before it plays Miami on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

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