ATHENS, Ohio – The wait is over. On Thursday afternoon, the Ohio University soccer team will compete against another opponent for the first time since Aaron Rodgers was appointed the program’s new head coach on Dec. 22, 2012. The opponent for the exhibition will be UNC Greensboro, with the match slated to kick off at 1 p.m.
Thursday’s match can be watched and tracked live via UNC Greensboro’s video and stats links at the top of the page.
Ohio returns 14 letterwinners and seven starters from a 2012 team which posted an 8-10-1 mark and a 3-6-1 record in Mid-American Conference play. Last season, the Bobcats made their fourth straight MAC Tournament appearance, falling in the first round to eventual champion Miami, 1-0. The 2012 appearance in the conference tournament was the 14th in program history.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS UNC Greensboro enters Thursday’s match the owner of a 0-0 record. The exhibition match against the Bobcats is the first action for the Spartans in 2013.
UNCG returns its two top scorers from the 2012 season, as Chesney White and Katherine Rodriguez are each preparing to enter their sophomore year. Each of these student-athletes scored five goals last season.
The Spartans posted an impressive 12-6-1 record in 2012 which included a 9-1-1 mark in Southern Conference play. UNCG won the SoCon regular-season title and fell in the quarterfinal round of its annual conference tournament at the hands of Georgia Southern.
OHIO - UNC GREENSBORO SERIES HISTORY Thursday’s match will serve as the first-ever meeting between Ohio and UNCG. The Bobcats and Spartans have never met on the pitch in an official match.
A NEW ERA BEGINS The 2013 season will mark the beginning of Aaron Rodgers’ career as a head coach. The Texas native spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers at the University of Kentucky.
COACHING STAFF BRINGS PRO EXPERIENCE With the addition of Elizabeth Woerle as a second assistant coach, the Ohio University soccer team completed a unique coaching situation. The Bobcat coaching staff is the only one in the Mid-American Conference which is comprised entirely of former professional players.
MURNANE NAMED TO CSM PRESEASON ALL-MAC TEAM Senior midfielder Maggie Murnane was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team on Aug. 6. Murnane started all 19 games of the 2012 season, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists.
EARLY HOMESTAND Ohio opens the 2013 regular season at home on Friday, August 23 against Indiana. The ‘Cats will then host Wright State (Aug. 25) and DePaul (Aug. 30) to wrap up their longest homestand of the season. Ohio has never before opened a season with three straight home matches.
CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE On June 25, freshman Alexis Milesky won a national championship with her U18 Elite Clubs National League side, the Ohio Premier Eagles. Milesky scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rush. Her goal was assisted by future Mid-American Conference foe Brooke Maletic (Toledo).
THE SHOT STOPS HERE Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston became Ohio’s career saves leader during the final match of the 2012 season. At 296 career saves, she’s only four stops away from becoming the first Bobcat in program history to record 300.