Liston’s Eleven Saves Not Enough as Ohio Falls

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Ohio goalie Mattie Liston’s 11 saves Sunday pushed her up to second all-time in school history with 235, but it was the one ball that slipped by the junior that led to Ohio’s 1-0 road loss to Central Michigan.

Liston was challenged early by the Central Michigan forwards. With 3:16 off the clock, Laura Gosse hit the back of the net to give the Chippewas a 1-0 lead.

The remaining minutes belonged to the Chips.

In the first half alone, the Central Michigan outshot the Bobcats 14-2, challenging Liston seven times. For the entire game, Central Michigan dominated the department, outshooting the Bobcats 24-6.

While the defense was challenged, Ohio’s offense struggled to get going. It only managed one shot on goal and could never switch the offensive momentum in Ohio’s favor.

When the clock struck the 50-minute mark, Ohio’s Cat Rogers tried to get the offense going.

Rogers began to look for her shot, attempting three goals in four minutes. All of the senior’s shots were off target, though, and Central Michigan goalie Stefanie Turner only had to make one save the entire game.

The loss snapped Ohio’s six-game win streak. The Bobcats are now 6-4 this season and 1-1 in the MAC.

Liston is now 49 saves from breaking Vanessa Dennis’ 284 career saves record.

The Bobcats begin a four-game home stand this Friday against Miami (Ohio) (8-2, 2-0 MAC). Ohio is undefeated this season at home. A win would give the Bobcats a share of first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division with the RedHawks.