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Women’s soccer falls in upset to Ohio University, finishes week 1-1

Sunday’s loss marked the first conference defeat for Bulls since 2021

<p>Paul Hokanson from UBBulls.com</p>

Paul Hokanson from UBBulls.com

Following Thursday’s victory at Akron (2-7, 0-2 MAC), UB (4-2-3, 1-1 MAC) lost 0-1 to the Ohio Bobcats (3-4-2, 1-1 MAC) on Sunday afternoon.

In their first taste of MAC conference play on Thursday, the Bulls triumphed over the Akron Zips 2-0, with both goals coming from standout sophomore Katie Krohn. UB’s top scorer was assisted by junior Arianna Zumpano in the 16th minute for her first goal and scored again 10 minutes later off an assist from fifth-year midfielder Leah Wengender.

The Bulls outshot the Zips 12-0 in the first half and were able to ride that momentum for the rest of the game. 

The Bulls were unable to repeat that performance against Ohio. 

Despite controlling possession for the majority of the game, UB conceded the lone score in the 29th minute, failing to level the score despite multiple chances, including an 89th minute penalty kick. 

The Bulls have struggled with converting their chances in the final third despite consistently having more shots than their opponents. 

UB’s scoring troubles continue despite the fact that the offense has consistently generated shots. UB ended Sunday’s game with 12 shots  (seven on target) to Ohio’s eight shots, with only four on target.

Regardless of the result, there were some stellar performances on the backline for the Bulls, namely sophomore Ellie Simmons, who consistently beat the Bobcats’ attackers for possession and acted as the safety net for the Buffalo defense. 

Senior goalkeeper Rebecca Winslow was tested multiple times throughout the game, namely in the 71st and 72nd minutes. The keeper saved a routine shot in the 71st before diving across her goal line to make an excellent save in the 72nd, keeping the scoreline from getting out of hand. 

Fifth-year defender Emily Lazenby also had a strong game, logging the full 90 minutes as she routinely started counter attacks by pushing the ball upfield. Lazenby held her own on the backline as the sole defender left to stop plenty of Ohio’s  counters. 

While their play on the road has been strong, UB has yet to win a home game this season, a streak the team will look to break when they host the Miami RedHawks (3-6-1, 0-2 MAC) on Thursday as conference play continues. 

Kickoff is at 6 p.m. The game will be dedicated to Alzheimer’s Awareness. It can be streamed live on YouTube.

The sports desk can be reached at sports@ubspectrum.com


HENRY DALEY
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Henry Daley is an assistant sports editor at The Spectrum. His work has featured on other platforms such as Medium and Last Word on Sports. Outside of the newspaper, he enjoys running and watching sports (when he’s not writing about them). 

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