The Ohio Bobcats concluded their season with a hard-fought loss to Kent State in overtime. A Kent State goal with 30 seconds left in extra time propelled the Golden Flashes to a 3-2 victory over the Bobcats at Chessa Field on Thursday.
The goal was a result of a Kent State corner kick taken by Stephanie Haugh. Haugh’s delivery found midfielder Madison Helterbran, who scored her third goal of the season to win the game.
“It’s always disappointing to go out on a loss, but we fought until the end and maybe we didn’t have quite enough left in the tank,” Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers said of his team’s performance.
Kent State forward Jenna Helstrom sent the game into overtime with a shot that soared above goalkeeper Nicole Amari in the 56th minute.
Kent State scored first in the 12th minute with a goal by Abbie Lawson. Doni Capehart played a pass inside to Lawson, who scored to give Kent State an early 1-0 lead.
Kent State (10-6-3, 5-4-2 MAC) did not hold the lead for long before the Bobcats equalized with a header by senior Annie Beard off Carly Manso’s corner kick.
A foul inside the box by the Golden Flashes led to a penalty kick, which was taken by Lexi Milesky. Milesky kept her cool and scored her sixth goal of the season to give the Bobcats the lead going into the second half.
Goalkeeper Nicole Amari recorded three saves for the Bobcats, and forward Liz Finley led the team with four shots.
The Bobcats finished their season with a 6-13-0 record overall and a 3-8-0 record in MAC play, and now look ahead to next season.
“We have some time to reflect and review what to do better,” Rodgers said. “We’ve got to work on our physical toughness and our mental toughness. I think that’s a couple areas we were lacking in.”
This was the final game for seven Ohio seniors: Rachel Fryan, Erin Feeney, Annie Beard, Tonya Frasik, Liz Finley, Gabby Hausfeld and Nicole Amari.
“They’ve given a lot to this program and I want them to understand that they are going to continue to give back. They’ve worked hard and they’re all good people,” he said. “ I told them that we’re going to keep fighting and keep moving forward.”