Sept. 1, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Ohio women's soccer team (1-2) will wrap up a three-game road trip this weekend with games at Marshall and Cleveland State. The Bobcats will take on the Thundering Herd Friday night, and round out the weekend with a Sunday afternoon contest against the Vikings.
Ohio dropped its only match last week, which was a 2-1 setback at Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 26. Senior Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) notched her first goal of the season in the 88th minute, to cut a 2-0 deficit in half. However, two early second half goals by the Wildcats sunk the Bobcats in their first road match of the season. Famodu leads the team with three points. She has registered a goal and an assist in the last two matches.
The Marshall Thundering Herd (1-2) suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the College of William and Mary in the VCU tournament on Aug. 28. Marshall is on a two-match losing streak and will welcome Ohio to Sam Hood Field for the squad's 2011 home opener. Angela DeSumma leads the Thundering Herd with two of the team's four goals. She also has an assist, which gives her five points through three matches this year.
Ohio leads the all-time series against Marshall with a record of 8-1-1. The `Cats lone loss came in 2009 in Huntington, a 1-0 defeat on Sept. 13.
Cleveland State will begin the weekend with an overall record of 2-1. The Vikings defeated Duquesne and Robert Morris in one-goal decisions on Aug. 21 and Aug. 24, respectively. Against Robert Morris, the teams went into halftime tied at 2-2. Senior Samantha Salmon scored her second career goal in the 80th minute to put the Vikings on top.
Valerie Stahl and Lynsay Strahorn have scored two goals each to lead Cleveland State, while Natalie Daniels has two assists. Three goalkeepers have gotten on the pitch and Sarah Wood leads the trio in minutes with 178:41. She has made four saves in two matches.
The Bobcats lead the all-time series with the Vikings at 2-1-1, the only loss coming on the road in 2008. Last year's match between the two teams went into double overtime and lead to a 1-1 draw.
The Vikings will take on Bowling Green on Friday before facing Ohio on Sunday.