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Bobcats End Non-Conference Slate at Home on Friday

Liz Finley battles for a ball against Niagara on Sept. 7. Ohio won 1-0.

Sept. 13, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Currently riding its longest winning streak in eight seasons, Ohio Soccer wraps up non-conference play this Friday when the Youngstown State Penguins come to town for a 4 p.m. matchup.

In their last outing, the Bobcats took down a game Cleveland State squad by a final score of 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) opened her scoring account as a member of the Green and White, scoring both goals in the victory. Ohio (4-3) shared the ball very well in this match, registering four total assists on the two goals.

Be the 140th win in program history
Be the 46th non-conference win in program history
Be the 105th win of Head Coach Stacy Strauss’ career
Extend Ohio’s winning streak to five games (longest since 2004 season)
Be Ohio’s third straight win over Youngstown State (third all-time meeting)

Youngstown State enters Friday’s contest the owner of a 4-1 mark. The Penguins were very recently on a four-match winning streak of their own, one which was snapped on Sunday with a 2-1 home overtime loss to Niagara. So far in 2012, YSU has picked up wins over Duquesne (1-0), Robert Morris (3-2), Buffalo (1-0) and Canisus (4-0).

The Penguins are led in scoring by Rachel Morrison’s three goals. Morrison has been extremely effective with her scoring opportunities this season, as her three goals have come from only six shots. Not far behind her are Chelsey Haney and Katie Hohmann, each of whom have so far scored two goals and provided one assist. Cara Armstrong is the team’s fourth leading scorer, having found the back of the net twice in 2012.

Minding the net for the Penguins is Ali Viola. In five matches, Viola has only allowed four goals while making 20 saves. Even better than her .833 save percentage is her very impressive 0.79 goals-against average. Viola has posted three shutouts in her five starts.

Friday’s match will be the third all-time meeting in the series between Ohio and Youngstown State, one which has its roots in the 1997 season. In fact, the Bobcats and the Penguins have not met since 1998 when Ohio won 6-0 in Athens. Ohio holds a 2-0 advantage in the series, having scored eight goals while not conceding any to the Penguins.

Midfielder Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) was rewarded by the league office on Monday for her solid play over the weekend. The senior was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week after keying Ohio to two weekend victories by scoring one game-winning goal and providing one game-winning assist.

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Having scored five goals in seven matches to average .714 goals per contest, Cathryn Rogers is currently tied for 47th in all of NCAA Division I soccer in terms of goals per game.

Freshman Holly Harris emerged as a true offensive threat on Sunday against Cleveland State, scoring both goals in the win over the Vikings. The forward peppered the visiting defense with three shots, two of which were on target. Harris is second on the team in total shots with 11.

After being out-shot by the opposition in their first five matches, the Bobcats have turned the tables on their foes. In wins over Niagara and Cleveland State, Ohio out-shot its opponents in each game and by a combined 39-16 margin.

Following Ohio’s match against Youngstown State on Friday, the Bobcats will begin Mid-American Conference play. Ohio will begin its MAC schedule at Bowling Green (Sept. 21) and Central Michigan (Sept. 23) before hosting four straight matches against Miami (Sept. 28), Ball State (Sept. 30), Akron (Oct. 5) and Buffalo (Oct. 7).