Kajganich Crushes Home Game Winner
COLUMBUS, Ohio –After a slow start in the first half and quickly falling behind 1-0, the Ohio Dominican women's soccer team tightened up the defense and defeated visiting Cedarville 2-1 in overtime on Panther Field.
The Panthers gave the Yellow Jackets their first loss of the season and Cedarville now stands at 2-1. ODU moves to an even 1-1-1.
Despite outshooting the Yellow Jackets 7-3 in the first half, ODU couldn't find its rhythm and quickly found themselves down 1-0 in the first 20 minutes of the game. Jacoby Ziegler beat the defender in the box, and sent a shot to the left hand corner for her second goal of the season.
After multiple attempts to even the score, the Panthers couldn't find the equalizer and went into halftime trailing 1-0.
A halftime pep talk by head coach Jonathan Meade seemed to work, as the Panthers came out of the intermission and did not allow the Yellow Jackets to cross midfield the entire way.
With a momentum swing in favor of the Panthers, sophomore Summer Bourcier (Mansfield, Ohio) found junior Jordan Mazzi (Galena, Ohio) at the 62:26 mark, for a header into the back of the net, for her first of the goal of the season.
With the Black and Gold's defense standing down the Yellow Jackets, regulation expired and the Panthers headed into their second overtime of the season.
At the 96:26 mark, junior Kristyn Kajganich (North Royalton, Ohio) crushed the game winning goal from 25 yards out to push ODU over the hump and seal the victory.
For the game, ODU outshot the Yellow Jackets 23-4 while holding an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
"I am proud of the team and how hard they fought back after giving up the one goal in the first half," said Meade." We will continue to get better and hopefully put aside slow starts in our future matches." Meade went on to add
"Megan Augusta really showed her senior leadership tonight. She provided the spark we needed and it really encouraged others to play with greater intensity and smarter soccer."
The Panthers return to the field on Friday, September 13 as they travel to Wheeling, W. Va. for a nonconference match against Wheeling Jesuit at 4 p.m.
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