By Chris Saulnier
On a mostly cloudy day at Chessa Field the Ohio University women’s soccer team provided a ray of sunshine defeating Cleveland State 2-1. Two of the games three goals were scored in the first eleven minutes of the game. The first coming from Ohio freshman Holly Harris off a hard shot near the post. It was the first goal of her collegiate career. Less than two minutes later a strike from Cleveland State’s Vickie Havas caught Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston off guard to tie the game. The remainder of the first half was a defensive battle. Ohio only allowed 3 total shots on goal. Ohio also outshot Cleveland State 6-to-1 in the first 45 minutes.
As the teams took the field for the second half there was a change in the net for Ohio who went with Nicole Amari between the pipes. Continuing to play solid defense throughout the second half Ohio’s moment came when Harris converted a Cat Roger’s corner kick for her second goal of the game. The rest of the match was defined by the Bobcat’s tough defense and Ohio’s third goalie Rachel Fryan’s solid effort in goal.
Overall the Bobcats shot 15 times to Cleveland State’s 6 and used one of their five corner kicks to score while Cleveland State’s 3 corner kicks proved unproductive. Despite giving up 2 goals, Cleveland State’s Becca Coleman had 5 saves. Each Bobcat goalie had a save of their own bringing the team total to 3. The win improved the Bobcats record to 4-3 and kept them undefeated at home (3-0). The team’s next game will be Friday, September 14 as the Bobcats host the Youngstown State Penguins at 4:00 p.m.