Updated Sat, Aug 25, 2012 4:51 pm
The Ohio Women’s Soccer (0-3) team fell 3-0 to the Depaul Blue Demons (2-1) after finishing the third of three straight away games. Despite solid pressure and offensive chances in the second half, the Bobcats could not overcome a first half deficit of three goals.
Earlier on in the game the Blue Demons pressed the Bobcats very high up the field and enjoyed the majority of the possession. Ohio battled on the counter attack but Depaul found the break through first with a goal in the 21st minute by Natasa Radosavljevic who fired a shot right under the cross bar.
With the Blue Demons leading 1-0 they continued to push and only eight minutes later tallied a second goal, slotted home inside the eighteen-yard box by Amber Paul. With the score line 2-0 Ohio goalkeeper junior Mattie Liston did what she could to keep the ‘Cats in the game making numerous saves.
Momentum continued to favor Depaul and on the stroke of half time the Blue Demons added another goal to their lead with only two seconds remaining in the half. The Bobcats were out-shot 16-5 and Depaul controlled the corner count as well, 3-0 in the first half.
Coming out in the second half Liston continued to give Ohio a solid outing from the back. In the 51st minute she joined elite company becoming only the fourth Ohio goalkeeper to record 200 saves in a career in the program’s history. Following this game she currently sits at 204 saves and with the rest of this season and all of next season left of eligibility there’s no telling how high she can climb.
Ohio pushed to find a way back into the action with Cat Rogers, Holly Harris and Maggie Murnane all firing shots in the second half. Despite getting four shots on target and testing Depaul keeper Alejandria Godinez they were unable to get on the score sheet in the match. Although the play was much more balanced between the two teams the final score showed a lopsided margin of 3-0 favoring the Blue Demons.
Ohio returns to action in their home opener at Chessa Field on Sunday, Aug. 26, against Marshall.