The Bobcats came into Thursday’s match fighting for a chance to play a home playoff match.
To make that goal a reality, Ohio needed some help from other teams, but the thing it needed the most was a win over Kent State to end the regular season.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, a slow start in the first half against the Golden Flashes forced them to play catch up all match. Ohio couldn’t overcome its sluggish start and lost to Kent in a 3-1 final.
The Golden Flashes’ (6-9-3, 4-5-2 MAC) took advantage of the Bobcats’ slow start and scored all three of their goals in the first 25 minutes of the match.
Every Golden Flash goal came off a corner kick and they had no shortage of them in the first 45 minutes with nine compared to Ohio’s one.
The Bobcats rough start wasn’t just in one emphasis of the game. The offense only had two shots on goals compared to Kent’s nine.
Through halftime adjustments, Ohio came out in the second half with improved play.
The Bobcats midfielder Olivia Darrow scored in the 63rd minute and the offense played with much more of a rhythm than it did in the first.
The loss on Thursday for Ohio marks 10 regular season losses in a row to the Golden Flashes.
Shortly after the match ended, the Bobcats were named the sixth seed in the 2019 MAC Tournament. This means they are matched up against third-seeded Western Michigan in the MAC quarterfinals on Sunday. First touch from Kalamazoo is scheduled for 1 p.m.