Aug. 29, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University women's soccer team lost to Ohio University Friday afternoon, 2-1, in the opening game of the D.C. Invitational. Freshman defender Mikaila Weaver scored the first goal of her career to tie the game at one but an 87th minute goal scored by the Bobcats gave them the edge.
AU's defense dominated the first half of play as the Eagles limited Ohio to just two shots the entire period with none going on net. On the offense end, American created four shots of its own with three on goal but none found the back of the net. At halftime the teams went to the locker room with the score tied, 0-0.
Ohio got on the board first in the second half with a goal scored by Courtney Mink in the 57th minute. Laura Dieter lobbed a pass over AU keeper Arianna Efstathiou's head from outside the penalty box allowing Mink to give the Bobcats the 1-0 lead. American would fight back though and as the end of regulation neared Weaver tied the game, 1-1, at 86:04. The freshman took advantage of a loose ball situation in front of the net following a scrum and put the ball away with the gaolkeeper out of position.
The Eagles momentum was dashed only 36 seconds later as Rachael Goulding found Kim Nordtveit on a cross to the left of the AU goal which beat Efstathiou low and gave Ohio the final 2-1 margin.
American totaled eight shots on goal Friday including five in the second period. Kelsey Brasher led the AU charge with three shots on goal. The Eagles also held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks and committed zero fouls to Ohio's five.
The Eagles will return to action in the D.C. Invitational on Sunday when they take on UMBC at 12 p.m. at Georgetown.