[Payton Brooker | WOUB]

Ball State’s defense stands tall in 2-1 victory over the Ohio Bobcats

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A late score from from Abby Townsend wasn’t enough for the Ohio Bobcats (7-6-2) in 2-1 loss to the Ball State Cardinals (6-4-5).

The Bobcats returned to Chessa Field after a big road win over the Central Michigan Chippewas.

However, in the first half, the Cardinals opened up with some aggressive play. Grace Alsop scored for the Cardinals right off the start of the game making it 1-0.

The Bobcats defense responded well to the goal. The defense didn’t let much by them after the early strike. The Bobcats defense was playing very well and controlled possession.

However, when it came to moving the ball up the field this game the Bobcats were struggling.

They held the ball for most of this game but they could not pass the ball up to the offense.

When the Bobcats did get the ball on offense, the Ball State defense would quickly take the ball and move with ease into the Bobcats zone.

“We’re definitely going to have to go into the Toledo game with a sharper perspective from the beginning,” head coach Aaron Rodgers said.

At the beginning of the second half, Lexi Fraley tapped the ball into the net scoring for the Cardinals making it 2-0.

The Bobcats responded with a goal from Abby Townsend making it 2-1 and sparking some hope for the Bobcats.

Unfortunately, the story of this game would be the Ball State defense and their great ability to stop the Bobcats passing on offense.

The Bobcats would go on to lose the game 2-1 but this was a true test for the Bobcats.

This was a truly talented Ball State team that had weapons on both sides of the field.

The Bobcats look to bounce back against the Toledo Golden Rockets on Oct 20.