Ohio looks to open conference play on the right note this weekend
Sept. 22, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio- One week after recording their third shutout victory of the season, the Bobcats are set to begin Mid-American Conference play this weekend. The Eastern Michigan Eagles come to Chessa Field on Friday for a 4 p.m. match while the Central Michigan Chippewas play the Green and White on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We've opened conference play the last several years with Central and Eastern, and it's a tough weekend," said head coach Stacy Strauss. "Every game in the MAC is going to be a tough battle, as has been proven in years past."
Eastern Michigan comes to Athens in the midst of a difficult start to its 2011 campaign. The Eagles have posted a 0-6-1 mark through their first seven games, with three of their losses being only by one goal. It's been quite a road trip for EMU so far this season, as the club has played six of its seven matches away from home.
"Despite Eastern's record, I expect them to be a very good opponent," Strauss said.
Sunday's match against Central Michigan is sure to be an exciting one. Before playing at Akron on Friday, the Chippewas boast an impressive 6-1-1 record during which they've outscored opponents 13-5. Four players on the squad have scored two goals or more, with Laura Gosse's three tallies leading the way.
"That's a big game," Strauss said. "Having it right off the bat is a challenge, but it's one that I think we're up for. Central is confident. They have--as do we--a veteran group of players that believe in what they're doing."
Ohio has relied on a balanced scoring attack so far in 2011, with five different players finding the back of the net. Sophomore Mattie Liston has been strong in goal for the Green and White, posting three shutouts and a 1.10 goals against average.
Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com and Ohio Soccer's Twitter account to follow all of the weekend action!
The first 200 fans to Friday's match will receive a FREE Ohio Soccer scarf!
Sunday is Youth Day at Chessa Field, where local youth teams will be playing on the pitch at halftime.