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Soccer Kicks Off MAC Slate With BG & CMU

This weekend's matches will mark the first league contests under head coach Aaron Rodgers.

Sept. 26, 2013


Friday vs. Bowling Green - 4 p.m. (Live Stats) | Sunday vs. Central Michigan - 1 p.m. (Live Stats)

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University soccer team (4-2-2) begins its 2013 MAC slate with two home contests this weekend at Chessa Field.

After playing four of its last six matches of the year on the road, Ohio returns home to host Bowling Green (0-6-0) on Friday at 4 p.m. before wrapping up the homestand against Central Michigan (0-7-1) Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last time out, Ohio's unbeaten streak reached a season-high five games (4-0-1) after the `Cats played to a 0-0 draw Sept. 20 at Cleveland State. The Bobcats held significant advantages in shots (24-9), shots on goal (11-3) and corners (16-2), but Ohio could not find the back of the net during the contest. Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) recorded her second-straight shutout in the contest.

The Bobcats are currently in the midst of an impressive defensive streak, as Ohio has not allowed a goal in more than 281 minutes of action. The last score posted by an opponent came less than 10 minutes into the Sept. 8 contest vs. Morehead State.

The Bobcats have allowed just three goals during their five-match unbeaten streak, including two-consecutive shutouts. Ohio is now tied for third in the conference with 1.0 goals allowed per game.

The Bobcats and Falcons will meet on the soccer pitch for the 17th time Friday. Ohio holds a 10-2-4 edge in the all-time series, including a 5-0-2 mark at home. Ohio won last year's matchup at BG, 1-0.

The Bobcats and Chippewas match up for the 18th time in the history of the programs Sunday. CMU holds a 11-5-1 edge in the all-time series, including a 2-0 victory last season in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

The Falcons enter Friday's match with an 0-6 record, including an 0-4 record on the road. Bowling Green was picked to finish sixth in the East Division in the MAC preseason poll. Last time out, the Falcons lost their home match vs. Evansville (1-2) Sept. 22. Seniors Madeline Wideman, Kaitlyn Tobin and freshman Haley Malaczewski have all tallied goals for BG this season. The Falcons lead the MAC in saves with 55 saves so far this season, for an average of 9.17 per game.

The Chippewas enter Sunday's match with an 0-7-1 record, including an 0-4 record on the road. Central Michigan was picked to finish third in the West Division in the MAC preseason poll. Last time out, the Chippewas lost at Dayton (0-1) on Sept. 20. Central Michigan will take on Kent State on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. to open MAC play, before heading to Athens. Juniors Laura Gosse, Emily Cooksey and senior Jennifer Gassman have all tallied goals this season for CMU. The Chippewas are ranked third in saves in the MAC with 44 so far this season, for an average of 5.50 per game.

Ohio returns to action with two MAC road contests next weekend. The Bobcats play East Division favorite Miami on Oct. 4 (4 p.m.) and play at Ball State Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.