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Bobcats Edged Late at Wright State, 1-0

Article Written by Brett Compton
Published: August 18, 2012
<p><strong>DAYTON, Ohio &ndash; </strong>Ohio Soccer began its 2012 season at Wright State on Friday evening, falling by a final score of 1-0 to the Raiders. The Bobcats played a strong match but were ultimately beaten by an 87th-minute goal from Emilie Fillion just as it seemed the match was destined for extra time.</p> <p>The match was an entertaining offensive contest, with the two teams combining for 20 total shots, ten of which were on target. Wright State (1-0) held a 12-8 edge in shots while the Bobcats (0-1) showed good discipline in only committing two fouls throughout the entire 90 minutes.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought it was a well-fought game,&rdquo; said Head Coach <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/strauss_stacy00.html">Stacy Strauss</a>. &ldquo;Wright State is a very good team. I thought at times we moved the ball around pretty well. We need to be a bit more dangerous and just recognize where the space is a bit better.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with each team having good spells of possession. Ohio looked particularly dangerous during the middle stages of the half, as <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/rogers_cathryn00.html">Cathryn Rogers</a> (Etobicoke, Ontario) and <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/rock_veronica00.html">Veronica Rock</a> (North Royalton, Ohio) each had good looks at the goal which were sent just high. <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/murnane_maggie00.html">Maggie Murnane</a> (Libertyville, Ill.) had Ohio&rsquo;s best chance of the half, taking a touch to create space before sending in a left-footed curling shot from 20 yards out.</p> <p>Wright State was not without opportunities of its own in the first half, however. Ini Umotong, a tall forward for the Raiders, proved to be a handful. The junior from Birmingham, England had a few good attempts for the home side, coming closest with a hard shot on goal from close range in the waning moments of the first half. <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/liston_mattie00.html">Mattie Liston</a> (Lakewood, Ohio) was in good position for the shot and made a diving save to keep the match scoreless.</p> <p>Particularly impressive in the first half was the performance of freshmen <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/campbell_grace00.html">Grace Campbell</a> (Wadsworth, Ohio), <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/haverchak_sasha00.html">Sasha Haverchak</a> (Akron, Ohio) and <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/harris_holly00.html">Holly Harris</a> (Batavia, Ohio). Each of these three Bobcats made the starting eleven in their regular-season Ohio debuts on Friday evening.&nbsp;</p> <p>Wright State pressed hard during the opening minutes of the second frame, testing the Bobcat back line on numerous occasions. Ohio&rsquo;s defense remained organized and was able to absorb this early pressure without conceding.</p> <p>Ohio nearly scored a decisive tally in the 80th minute when <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/schwenke_erin00.html">Erin Schwenke</a> (Solon, Ohio) blasted a hard shot towards the net. With WSU goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy off her line, a Raider defender made a very impressive goal line clearance to keep the match level at 0-0.</p> <p>The host Raiders found the back of the net in the 87th minute when Fillion was able to strike a bouncing ball past Liston from ten yards out. Fillion&rsquo;s goal was assisted by teammates Natalie Sedlock and Kalee Thompson.</p> <p>The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Indiana. Ohio will kick off against the Hoosiers at 2 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Goals: </strong> <br />WSU &ndash; Emilie Fillion 1 (Natalie Sedlock 1, Kalee Thompson 1) 87&rsquo;<strong> <br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Ohio Starting XI (Numerically): </strong><a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/liston_mattie00.html">Mattie Liston</a> (GK), <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/murnane_maggie00.html">Maggie Murnane</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/rogers_cathryn00.html">Cathryn Rogers</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/howard_paige00.html">Paige Howard</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/rock_veronica00.html">Veronica Rock</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/haverchak_sasha00.html">Sasha Haverchak</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/schwenke_erin00.html">Erin Schwenke</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/bechtel_natalie00.html">Natalie Bechtel</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/harris_holly00.html">Holly Harris</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/hausfeld_gabby00.html">Gabby Hausfeld</a>, <a href="http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/campbell_grace00.html">Grace Campbell</a></p>
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