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Abbey Townsend (#16) dribbles the ball around the Buffalo defender on Sept. 23, 2021.

Soccer: Ohio defeats conference opponent Akron 1-0

Ohio remains undefeated in Mid-American Conference play after it took down Akron 1-0. 

The first half held a stalemate between the two squads, but the Bobcats (6-3, 2-0 MAC) came out firing immediately into the second half. A strong pass from Abby Townsend on the right end of the pitch set up a goal in the low center net from Shae Robertson. The tie-breaking goal in the 46th minute proved to keep the Bobcats up for good. 

Townsend and Robertson were a power duo for all 90 minutes. Each forward had three shots, accounting for most of the team’s shots for the day. That’s been the story of the season so far, as Townsend and Robertson are first and second in shots for Ohio, respectively. 

Defense was a highlight and a staple of Sunday’s match. The Bobcats knocked down three consecutive shots from the Zips (2-8) in the 80th minute, eliminating a chance for a tie game. Their suffocating defense helped take pressure off goalkeeper Sam Wexell, who added three saves of her own. 

There were also three total yellow cards in the match, two for Akron and one for Ohio. Akron committed eight total fouls compared to just three from Ohio. Ohio was absent on corner kicks Sunday while Akron accounted for six. 

The match was fairly evenly paced, with 11 total shots in each half. Akron faced 12 shots for the match while Ohio faced 10.


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