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Ohio Soccer Loses Early Lead, Falls in Overtime

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Despite an early first half goal, the Ohio Bobcats (1-2) could not hold on to the lead as they fell 2-1 to the High Point Panthers (3-0-1) in overtime.

The Panthers ability to stay rested and usage of substitutes were big factors during the match, and it showed as their first goal did not come until the 84th minute. The winning goal came from a penalty kick made by forward Kelsey Perrell.

“We knew that team was really good at set pieces,” Bobcats head coach Aaron Rodgers said. “We will continue to grow and learn on set pieces. That’s great preparation for our conference.”

Unlike the Panthers, the Bobcats got off to a hot start but could not hang on. Rodgers noted that if the Bobcats were able to slow down the pace of the Panthers and control the game, the ‘Cats would be successful, and for the most part they were.

After a cross from senior forward Alexis Milesky, junior midfielder Bryce Hueber, a transfer from Wright State, was able to net the Bobcat’s lone goal in the 15th minute. The goal was also Hueber’s first as a Bobcat.

“It feels great,” Hueber said about scoring the goal. “I just wish we could have stayed up and had another one.”

Hueber finished the match with five total shots, two on goal. The Bobcats ended the match with more overall shots, 14, but High Point was able to get more shots on goal with eight.

Despite the loss Coach Rodgers felt that the game was a good experience and noted that his team put up a good fight against a team that is favored in their conference.

“We didn’t lose to a poor team,” Rodgers said. “We lost to a very talented, a very effective team.”

The Bobcats will have a four-day break before heading north to take on Cleveland State on Friday September 2 at 7 p.m.