With the score tied at one and less than 10 minutes left in regulation, the Ohio Bobcats were trying their best to avoid the key mistake that would put them behind against Eastern Michigan.
Chelsie Oddan received the ball from Rachel Washburn, and her shot at goal decided the game.
Oddan’s shot floated above the head of goalkeeper Rachel Fryan and went into the back of the net, which gave the Eagles a 2-1 victory against the Bobcats at Scicluna Field on Sunday afternoon.
Ohio, who lost to Eastern Michigan twice last season, started the game well. In the seventh minute, freshman Allie Curry took a shot at goal, but her shot was saved by Eastern Michigan goalkeeper Jenna O’Dell.
Three minutes later, senior midfielder Erin Feeney tried to beat O’Dell, but her shot failed to trouble O’Dell.
A minute after Feeney’s effort, Eastern Michigan (9-5-1, 5-3 MAC) scored first. Angela Vultaggio crossed the ball into the penalty box, and her pass found Bianca Rossi, whose shot went past Fryan and into the goal.
Ohio only needed 13 minutes to tie the game. Carly Manso took a corner kick, and her pass was directed toward Annie Beard, whose header hit the crossbar. Lexi Milesky was the first to react after Beard’s attempt, and her shot beat O’Dell and went into the goal.
Ohio (6-10, 3-5 MAC) had two more chances to score before halftime. Liz Finley saw her shot saved by O’Dell on 34 minutes, and with three minutes left in the half, Sasha Haverchak’s shot was also saved by O’Dell.
Eight minutes into the second half, Curry had another chance to score a goal, but her shot did not force a save from O’Dell.
With 22 minutes left in the game, Finley also had another opportunity to score, but O’Dell made another save.
Nine minutes after Finley’s shot at goal, Feeney’s shot went over the goal. On 83 minutes, Milesky looked to score her second goal of the game, but her shot was kept out of the goal by O’Dell.
After Milesky was unable to give Ohio the lead, Oddan’s goal gave Eastern Michigan a 2-1 lead. With six minutes left in the game, Hannah Jaggers tried to tie the game, but her shot went over the goal.
With the loss, Ohio is now 0-3 since senior captain and center back Gabby Hausfeld tore her ACL in the team’s victory against Ball State at Chessa Field on Oct. 10.
Ohio will travel to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to take on Central Michigan on Friday at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Ohio will host Toledo at 1 p.m.