ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Soccer kicks off Mid-American Conference play this weekend, traveling to Bowling Green on Friday and Central Michigan on Sunday. The Bobcats will be looking to continue an impressive five-game winning streak which has seen them give up only one goal in the last 495 minutes.
In their last game action, the Bobcats (5-3) earned a 1-0 victory over visiting Youngstown State on Friday, Sept. 14. Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) led the charge for the Green and White, scoring the lone goal of the match in the ninth minute. The junior proved to be an offensive force throughout the match, firing game highs in shots (7) and shots on goal (4).
Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) earned her fourth shutout of the season in the win, stopping both shots which came her way. The junior goalkeeper has now registered 14 shutouts in her career, ranking her third all-time in program history.
WINS THIS WEEKEND WOULD… Be the 141st and 142nd in program history Be the 88th and 89th Mid-American Conference victories in program history Be the 106th and 107th wins in the career of Head Coach Stacy Strauss Be the 10th win over Bowling Green (16th meeting) Be the second straight win over Bowling Green Be the sixth win over Central Michigan (17th meeting) Break a three-match losing streak to Central Michigan
SCOUTING THE FALCONS Bowling Green enters Friday’s contest the owner of a 1-7 record in 2012. The Falcons are currently on a five-game losing streak, having dropped contests with Minnesota, Western Kentucky, Valparaiso, Illinois State and Loyola (Ill.). Bowling Green picked up its lone win of the season on Aug. 26, taking down visiting IUPUI by a final score of 2-1.
Four different Falcons have found the back of the net this season, with Sidney Huth’s two goals leading the way. Tracy Togba, Madeline Wideman and Jessica Jarvis are not far behind, having each scored once in the opening eight games. Demy Whitaker has been the key playmaker on the squad and leads the team with two assists. Becca Ison has played a majority of the minutes in goal for Bowling Green, making 25 saves and allowing 17 goals. She has posted a .595 save percentage and a 2.90 goals-against average. Jenna Underwood has also seen time in three matches, generating a .643 save percentage and a 2.26 GAA.
OHIO – BOWLING GREEN SERIES HISTORY Friday’s match will be the 16th all-time meeting between Ohio and Bowling Green. Ohio holds a 9-2-4 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1997 season. The Bobcats won the last meeting between the two programs, earning a 2-0 victory in Athens on Oct. 16, 2011, giving Head Coach Stacy Strauss her 100th career victory in the process. Ohio is unbeaten in the last four matches against BGSU, last experiencing defeat at the hands of the Falcons during the 2007 season.
In games at Bowling Green, Ohio has posted a 4-2-2 record. The Bobcats last won at Bowling Green during the 2004 season.
PREVIEWING THE CHIPPEWAS Central Michigan enters the opening weekend of MAC play having gone 4-3-1 through a very difficult non-conference schedule. The Chippewas matched up against three ranked opponents in No. 6 Penn State (5-0 loss), No. 12 Marquette (0-0 draw) and No. 14 Texas A&M (2-0 loss). In matches against non-ranked opposition, Central Michigan went 4-1.
The Chippewas have benefited from some very balanced scoring to this point in the 2012 season, with seven different student-athletes scoring their nine goals. Kaely Schlosser and Laura Twidle are leading the way to this point, with each having scored twice. Twidle is the leading point-scorer on the team, as she has also added one assist to CMU’s offensive effort. Two different goalkeepers have spent time between the posts for CMU, as Stefanie Turner and Grace Labrecque have each started in the net. Turner has posted team highs in saves (25), goals-against average (1.15) and save percentage (.806) to this point.
Before hosting Ohio at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Central Michigan will host Kent State on Friday afternoon.
OHIO – CENTRAL MICHIGAN SERIES HISTORY Sunday’s match will be the 17th all-time meeting between Ohio and Central Michigan. The Chippewas hold a 10-5-1 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1998 season. Central Michigan has had the upper hand of late, winning each of the last three meetings while scoring 10 goals and only allowing one. The Bobcats lost to the Chippewas last season in Athens by a final count of 3-0 and fell 3-1 in 2010, which was the last time the programs met in Mt. Pleasant.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS Junior goalkeeper Mattie Liston has made 35 saves so far in 2012, pushing her career total to 219. Five more saves will tie her for second place all-time with Jess MacLean, Ohio’s goalie from 2006-09. Her four shutouts in 2012 equal her career high for a single season and rank seventh in Ohio’s record book.
TOP OF THE CONFERENCE Senior Cathryn Rogers leads the Mid-American Conference in shots attempted during the 2012 season. The midfielder has fired 25 total shots this year, averaging 3.12 per match. She also ranks second in the league in game-winning goals with three.