Soccer: Ohio Holds off Northern Illinois

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The Ohio Bobcats finished off a great weekend trip with a 2-1 victory over Northern Illinois. Coming off a tough overtime win at Western Michigan on Friday, Ohio fought off a strong performance from the Huskies in Sunday’s battle.

Ohio’s Erin Schwenke gave the Bobcats the edge with her first goal of the season after a nice assist from teammate Cat Rogers. This goal was crucial for the Bobcats, coming just minutes after the Huskies’ Samantha Hill scored to tie the game up in the 59th minute. It looked as though Hill’s goal was just the spark that the struggling Huskies needed, but Schwenke’s goal put the game back out of reach.

In the first half, Ohio’s Toye Famodu opened the scoring with her header goal in the 24th minute. The Bobcat goalie, Mattie Liston, needed to make only three saves in the game as the Huskie offense struggled to create shots on goal.

Northern Illinois (1-9-2, 0-4 MAC) actually outshot the Bobcats (6-7, 3-1 MAC) for the game 15-14. Even with the high number of shots taken, neither team was able to work the opposing goalie effectively by putting the ball on target.

Ohio has put together a strong start in MAC play, and will look to keep the momentum going at Toledo on Friday, October 7.