ATHENS, OH – Behind a pair of goals in a minute, the University at Buffalo women's soccer team (5-5-2, 3-1-1 MAC) collected the huge 2-1 come-from-behind road victory over Ohio on Thursday afternoon at Chessa Field. Gianna Yurchak and Julia Benati notched goals a minute apart after the Bobcats held the 1-0 lead heading into the 85th minute of play, as UB improves to 3-0-1 in their last four road matches.
- Score: Buffalo 2, Ohio 1
- Records: Buffalo (5-5-2, 3-1-1 MAC), Ohio (5-7-1, 2-2-1 MAC)
- Buffalo Goal Scorers: Gianna Yurchak (1), Julia Benati (4)
- Buffalo Assists: Julia Benati (2), Carissima Cutrona (4), Marcy Barberic (1)
- Ohio Goal Scorer: Remi Eades (1)
- Ohio Assist: Paige Knorr (1)
- Location: Chessa Field – Athens, OH
- Attendance: 267
- Buffalo: Laura Dougall, Meghan Simmons, Gurjeena Jandu, Adrianna VanCuyck, Rebecca Bramble, Julia Benati, Marcy Barberic, Moira Petrie, Kaitlyn Walsh, Carissima Cutrona, Gianna Yurchak
- Ohio: Paige Knorr, Mandy Arnzen, Rianna Reese, Allie Curry, Alivia Milesky, Jenni Santacaterina, Victoria Breeden, Hannah Jaggers, Sydney Leckie, Sara Kattainen, Erin Beurket
How It Happened
- Buffalo had the first scoring chance of the match in the 11th minute as Julia Benati got herself free at the top of the 18-yard box and ripped a shot just over the upper left corner of the Bobcats net.
- In the 15th minute, Laura Dougall was asked to make her first tough save of the match as Hannah Jaggers sent a high shot towards the net that Dougall leaped up and grabbed to keep the match scoreless.
- Carissima Cutrona had a great scoring chance in the 31st minute as she took a feed from Gianna Yurchak and raced past the Ohio defender but her left-footed shot attempt just missed the lower left corner to keep the game knotted, 0-0.
- In the 35th minute, Julia Benati found Moira Petrie in a dangerous scoring spot but her shot from the top of the box went over the cross bar and out of play.
- The Bobcats had a shot in the 41st minute but Victoria Breeden saw her right-footed attempt saved by Laura Dougall.
- Buffalo got the first shot of the second half as Kaitlyn Walsh ripped a left-footed shot just wide of the Ohio goal in the 47th minute.
- In the 50th minute, Marcy Barberic made a nice defensive play and came up with a steal and a long distance shot that was scooped up by the Ohio keeper.
- Carissima Cutrona nearly broke through with the first goal of the match in the 52nd minute but her hard high shot from just inside the box was poked over the cross bar by the Ohio keeper.
- The Bobcats got on the board first in the 60th minute as Remi Eades headed home a free kick after the Bulls were called for a questionable foul call just outside the box.
- In the 67th minute, the Bulls had a free kick from just outside the box but Julia Benati's hard low shot was saved by the Ohio keeper to maintain the 1-0 lead for the Bobcats.
- Ohio nearly took the two goal lead in the 82nd min ute but Laura Dougall came up with a huge save as Hannah Jaggers was in all alone, the rebound then came back to Jaggers who missed the lower left corner.
- Under a minute later, Carissima Cutrona raced in on goal and ripped a shot that went just over the cross bar.
- Buffalo finally broke through with the game-tying goal in the 85th minute as Julia Benati fed Carissima Cutrona who took a low shot towards the goal that Gianna Yurchak deflected into the corner of the goal. The game-tying foal for Yurchak was the first goal of her career.
- Just over a minute later, Marcy Barberic found Julia Benati who unloaded a laser into the upper left corner of the net from 20 yards out to give UB the 2-1 lead. The goal ended up being the game-winner, Benati's first of the season and eighth of her career.
- With the time running out, Ohio was able to get a shot off that would have tied the game at two but Laura Dougall dove across and made a huge stop to preserve the win for the Bulls.
Inside The Numbers
- With the win, Buffalo improved to 3-3-1 on the road this season including 3-0-1 over their last four road matches.
- With her game-winning goal, Julia Benati moved into 18th place on the all-time scoring charts with 15 career goals. She also moved into 18th place on the all-time points list with 40 career points in the blue and white.
- Gianna Yurchak netted her first career goal in the second half.
- Freshman Marcy Barberic collected her first career assist on the game-winning goal. She has now notched at least one point in two straight matches for the first time in her career.
- Julia Benati notched her first three-point match of the season and fourth of her career in the win.
- Ohio held the 18-16 edge in shots while the corner kicks were even, 3-3.
- Senior goalkeeper Laura Dougall finished off the win with 10 saves, her third match with double digit saves this season.
- Julia Benati and Carissima Cutrona each recorded four shots in the win.
Player of the Match
Following the match, the UB coaching staff selected Julia Benati as the Player of the Match after she capped her three-point match with the game-winning marker.
- Cincinnati – Laura Dougall
- Ohio State – Moira Petrie & Julia Benati
- Canisius – Kara Daly
- Youngstown State – Kara Daly
- Cornell – Kaitlyn Walsh
- Fairleigh Dickinson – Gurjeena Jandu
- St. Bonaventure – Carissima Cutrona
- Western Michigan – Adrianna VanCuyck
- Northern Illinois – Julia Benati
- Eastern Michigan – Moira Petrie
- Central Michigan – Laura Dougall
- Ohio – Julia Benati
Buffalo will return home on Sunday afternoon after wrapping up their three-game road swing as they welcome the reigning MAC champion Kent State Golden Flashes. First kick is set for 12:00 pm on Sunday.