Written by Sports Information Intern Ralph Schudel
DAYTON, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team battled No.1 seeded Findlay during a semifinal match in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday afternoon at Roger Glass Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Seven Panthers logged a shot in the contest but a 65th minute strike from freshman Ashley Story (Canfield, Ohio) proved to be the difference, lifting her team to a 1-0 victory over the No.2 ranked team in the Midwest Region.
It was an even contest between both sides with Findlay earning a slight 51-percent advantage to ODU's 49-percent in possession.
ODU trailed in shots in the first half but made the most of its opportunities. Forward Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) looked to put the Panthers on the board early in the game. Buck found herself an opportunity in the 5th minute, the forward dribbled into the top of the box before releasing a shot that was collected by Oiler goalkeeper Anna Money.
Moments later Findlay answered back as forward Sierra Peacock challenged Panthers goalkeeper Cecilia Kuntz (Berlin, Germany), but the first-year backstop collected the save to keep the game level at 0-0. Kuntz would be called into action again 47 seconds later, registering a stop on Addie Graham in the 17th minute of the game.
Findlay began the second half on the front foot looking to claim a lead as Jayla Campbell challenged Kuntz again just 45 seconds into the half.
Looking to stop the Oilers' flow, ODU head coach Aimee Haywood went to her bench making substitutions in the 65th minute just before a corner kick. She inserted Ashley Story and Emily Wittekind (Cincinnati, Ohio) and both made an instant impact. Wittekind's service off the corner found Story who touched the ball into the Findlay goal to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
The Oilers applied pressure late in search of the equalizer but the ODU defense held on to claim the 1-0 victory of the top-seeded Oilers.
The Panthers shift focus to a Saturday afternoon showdown against the Walsh Cavaliers for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament title. Kickoff from Roger Glass Stadium is scheduled for noon.