Updated Wed, Oct 5, 2011 1:09 am
After being knocked out of the MAC tournament last year by none other than rival Miami, the Bobcats made Miami (4-9, MAC 2-2) pay for their scoreless game. The ‘Cats shut out Miami 2-0, continuing their undefeated MAC streak.
“It’s a rivalry, so there’s a little bit of pressure but you look at the team rather than what they’ve done in the past. So we don’t look back to losing to them in MACs because we are a totally different and that was a long time ago. We know they’re a good, well-organized team who is going to bring it,” head coach Neil Macmillan said.
The Bobcats improved to 10-2 and 3-0 in the MAC and also dominated Ball State 9-1 on their own turf this weekend.
Jessica Vaeth scored the first goal after a long 44 minutes into the game. A shot by Andrea Biegalski soared into the goal without interruption with only a few minutes remaining in the game, putting Ohio up by two. Both goals by Vaeth and Biegalski were their first of the season.
The pressure mounted as the first half of the game ended without a single goal. Louzeth Schutte hit the post with 11 minutes to half time, but didn’t score. Even though the ‘Cats had seven shots on goal and Miami only had one, Ohio still couldn’t get on the board.
“Disappointing first half, we didn’t execute. We didn’t put anything in. As much as we had in the first half we’ve gotta come away with more, which is what we talked about during the break,” Macmillan said.
“It’s been a good weekend, the energy’s been high. It’s MAC play so it’s a big deal. We set our mind to it in order to win these games, which we did,” junior Taylor Brown said.
Brown scored two goals for the ‘Cats this weekend against Ball State.
The ‘Cats will travel to Central Michigan for their next game on Friday.
“The tough team is going to be Central (Michigan). They’re going to be the one to beat and that’s great because that’s the next game. So we have a chance to go out there and really take care of business,” Macmillan said.