Published Fri, Sep 7, 2012 9:57 pm Dateline
A crowd of over 200 exploded with streamers in the air and trashcan drums as Cat Rogers came through once again for the Bobcats, scoring in the 59th minute of the game. Rogers’ 25-yard free kick resulted in an Ohio victory against Niagara University 1-0, bringing the Bobcat’s record to 3-3 for the season.
After a dismal first half, a slightly more aggressive group took the field for the second 45. At the 58:37 mark, Rogers shot just over the fingertips of the goalkeeper into the net on a free kick, unassisted. The rest of the game concluded scoreless.
The first half proved a back and forth battle between the Bobcats and the visiting Niagara Eagles. However, after 45 minutes of play, four shots on goal by the Bobcats, two shots on goal by the Eagles and many outside the post, the score remained 0-0.
The first half was not without some notable plays though. At minute six the Bobcats made their first advance on goal pressuring Niagara University goalkeeper Claire Feiertag with Cat Rogers taking her first of two shots on goal for the game. Also notable, two mid-air saves by Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston. Liston recorded her third consecutive shutout for the Bobcats.
The first half closed with a penalty on forward Natalie Bechtel by Niagara University midfielder Karina Kesvatera, resulting in Bobcat possession for the remainder of the half. The players weren’t the only ones getting a bit impatient due to the lack of scoring though. Ohio and Eagle fans alike became progressively louder in protest as the game went on.
There were many penalties from both Niagara University and Ohio, 10 total for the game, resulting in two clock stoppages for injury. Perhaps the most remarkable stat, however, was the total of 34 shots, 24 for Ohio and 10 for Niagara.
It was an extremely hard fought game by both, nevertheless, Rogers’ goal resulted in a victory for Ohio. The senior has now notched game-winning goals in three consecutive games for the Bobcats. Ohio will take the field again Sunday at home against Cleveland State.