It was all going according to plan for Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers and his team. It scored an early goal, created many more chances in the first half and had complete control of the game.
But, in the second half, Ohio lost its control, the lead and, eventually, the game.
Goals from Madison Schupbach and Leah Runkle gave Bowling Green a 2-1 victory against Ohio at Cochrane Field on Friday night.
Ohio asserted itself into the game early. It had three shots saved by goalkeeper Lauren Cadel in the first six minutes of the game. In the ninth minute of the game, however, Ohio opened the scoring.
Tonya Frasik took a corner kick, and her delivery was met by Lexi Milesky, whose header was saved by Cadel. Center back Megan Niebuhr’s attempt at goal after Milesky’s header beat Cadel and went into the back of the net.
In the 27th minute, Ohio had a chance to double its lead. Erin Feeney’s shot at goal was saved by Cadel. One minute later, Frasik took a shot, but it didn’t trouble Cadel.
On 33 minutes, center back Grace Campbell saw her shot saved by Cadel, and six minutes later, sophomore forward Alli Cislo tried to give Ohio (6-9, 3-4 MAC) its second goal, but Cadel made another save.
Eight minutes into the second half, Bowling Green (3-11, 2-5 MAC) tied the game. Runkle played a through ball past Ohio’s defense, Schupbach chased the ball down, and her left-footed shot went past Amari and into the net.
Milesky had two attempts at goal after Bowling Green tied the game, but both of her shots failed to beat Cadel.
With 22 minutes left in the game, Bowling Green took the lead. Mikaela Couch made a pass across the penalty box, which gave Runkle a one-on-one opportunity against Amari, and Runkle’s shot beat Amari and hit the top of the net.
In the last 10 minutes of the game, Ohio did all it could to score the tying goal. Cislo had two chances on 83 minutes and 85 minutes, but both of her shots did not force a save from Cadel.
In the 89th minute, freshman Hannah Jaggers had an opportunity to tie the game, but Cadel kept the ball out of the net.
On 90 minutes, senior Annie Beard had the last chance to send the game into overtime, but as she did for most of the game, Cadel made the save. Cadel had 16 saves for Bowling Green.
The loss is Ohio’s first on a Friday in MAC play; For the first time in six attempts, Bowling Green won at home.
Ohio will face Eastern Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Eagles eliminated the Bobcats in the first round of the MAC Tournament last season.