Ohio had its chances to score against Miami, but as in other games Ohio has played this season, its finishing was lacking.
Goals by midfielders Maggie Scott and Jenna Weiner gave the Miami RedHawks a 2-0 victory at Chessa Field on Sunday afternoon.
“I was disappointed with our effort,” Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers said. “After coming off one of our most complete games on Friday, we were not mentally prepared today.”
Rodgers made two chances to the team’s lineup from Friday. After Gabby Hausfeld was injured on Friday, Megan Niebuhr started next to Grace Campbell in defense, and Kelley Zebrowski started in place of Allie Curry.
“It gives you more confidence when your in the team,” Zebrowski said. “I wanted to prove myself and show to the team that I deserve it.”
Despite the changes, Miami got off to the perfect start. Kelsey Dinges took a free kick from the right side of the field, and her delivery found the head of Maggie Scott, whose header went into the bottom right corner of the net to give Miami a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Ohio came close to tying the game. Campbell took a free kick from midfield, and the ball fell to Lexi Milesky, but her shot was blocked and went out for a corner kick. Ohio failed to cause trouble from the corner kick.
In the 24th minute, Ohio had another chance to level the score. Milesky crossed the ball from the right side of the field, and her pass was directed toward Sasha Haverchak. Haverchak took a dribble to left and shot the ball, but her shot went wide right of the goal.
On 27 minutes, Ohio created another opportunity at goal. Carly Manso executed a corner kick from the right side, and her pass found Annie Beard, whose header was cleared off the line by the Miami defense. Haverchak took a shot from outside the box following the clearance, but her shot was too high.
With 14 minutes left in the game, Miami (10-2-1, 4-1-1 MAC) doubled its lead. Chloe Knue crossed the ball from the right side into Weiner, and her left-footed shot beat Ohio goalkeeper Nicole Amari and went into the bottom right corner of the net.
On 87 minutes, Ohio (6-8, 3-3 MAC) came close to cutting the deficit in half. Senior midfielder Erin Feeney took a free kick from the left side of the field, and even though there were a lot of players in the penalty box, Ohio couldn’t beat Miami goalkeeper Vic Maniaci.
In MAC play, Ohio is 3-0 on Fridays and 0-3 on Sundays. Zebrowski is hopeful the team can achieve a six-point weekend in the near future.
“(Our consistency) is something we’ll work on,” she said. “We just have to keep our energy and momentum from our Fridays and take it into our Sunday games.”
While Ohio has played the likes of Buffalo and Western Michigan so far, Rodgers ranks Miami as one of the best teams in the MAC.
“They were well organized and played really well against us,” Rodgers said.