Ohio Soccer Survives Indiana State

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Remi Famodu was forced to wear #16 after losing her normal #25 jersey. She may want to hang on to #16 after scoring her first goal of the season.  

Ohio topped Indiana State 1-0 on a chilly Friday evening at Pruitt Field. In the 61st-minute, midfielder Kelsey Pichel fired a shot off the cross bar, and defender Remi Famodu found herself in the right place at the right time.

“I had a lot of time to think about it,” Famodu said. “So my main thing was just don’t screw it up.”

She simply headed the ball straight ahead into the goal, leaving the Indiana State goalkeeper Briana Supulski looking confused.

Coming into the game, Ohio had lost three straight, including most recently a tough double-overtime loss at #22 Ohio State on Sunday. Head Coach Stacy Strauss called the Ohio State game “the best effort of the year.” Ohio looked to take the positives from that loss, and bounce back at home vs. Indiana State.   

From start to finish the Bobcats were the aggressor on Friday, firing six shots on goal compared to Indiana State’s three.

“We played most of the second half in their end,” Strauss said.

The Sycamores came into Athens to play their fourth game of a five-game road trip. Ohio kept the Indiana State on the defensive the entire game. ISU goalkeeper Briana Supulski was able to make some impressive saves in the first half, but one felt as if it were only a matter of time before Ohio would convert.

Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston was able to snatch crossed balls away from Sycamore strikers, and add another shutout to her resume. She now has nine shutouts in her Ohio career, which is third all time for a Bobcat goalkeeper.

Ohio was happy to get a win, after losing its past three contests. The Bobcats’ record now stands at 3-5-0. Ohio will look to continue their strong play next Friday, September 23, 2011 at home against Eastern Michigan.