[Lucy Schaefer | WOUB]

Ohio falls short in hard fought 2-0 contest against Bowling Green

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio Bobcats (4-5-2) failed to find the back of the net against the Bowling Green Falcons (5-4-1) in a 0-2 MAC matchup loss.

The Bobcats hit the field ready to play, sporting yellow ribbons on their shirts in support of childhood cancer awareness. This game served as a fundraiser for the cause.

Ohio started slow but began to pick up their pace as the game went on. Two of their 10 shots were on target compared to the Falcons, who had seven shots, five of which were on target.

Sophomore Celeste Sloma proved an effective goalkeeper against the Falcons early on, with a crucial early save for the Bobcats. Sloma finished the game with three saves total.

Bowling Green’s Lexi Czerwien was able to find the back of the net in the 20th minute, creating a lead for the Falcons early.

At the end of the half, the Bobcats remained scoreless. Anna Burchett and Jaimason Brooker each made shots, but unfortunately neither of the freshman could find the back of the net.

In the second half, the Bobcats opted for a new, faster playing style.

“We had to bring more energy,” head coach Aaron Rogers said. “We had to keep the ball a little bit more. I think some people stepped up from a physical standpoint. I still think we could have been more dangerous.”

Their scrappier playstyle proved ineffective against the Falcons, who picked up another goal in the 54th minute from Brynn Gardner off an assist from Emma Stransky.

After the second goal against them, the Bobcats were territorial, keeping the ball on their side of the field and mounting pressure against the Falcons.

The newfound willpower from Ohio came too late, however. They remained scoreless after an unsuccessful corner kick and failed to find any more opportunities to score for the remainder of the game.

More MAC play is on the horizon for the Bobcats, who are set to face the Toledo Rockets (4-5-2) on October 5th.