Oct. 3, 2013
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Friday at Miami (4 p.m.)
Saturday at Ball State (1 p.m.)
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University soccer team (5-3-2, 1-1-0) heads west for its first MAC road weekend of the season with matches against a pair of league foes.
The Bobcats will begin the swing with a Friday matchup at preseason league favorite Miami (4-6-0, 1-1-0) at 4 p.m. Ohio then wraps up the trip with a contest at Ball State (7-2-1, 2-0-0).
The Bobcats opened MAC play by splitting its homestand vs. Bowling Green and Central Michigan last weekend. The Bobcats upended the Falcons, 3-1, on Sept. 27 before falling to Central Michigan, 2-1, on Sept. 29.
Against Bowling Green on Sept. 27, the Bobcats trailed 1-0 at halftime, then completed a furious rally with three unanswered goals to defeat the Falcons in the second half.
The key student-athlete in Ohio’s second half comeback was freshman Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.), who notched a career-high five points in the stanza on a goal and two assists. With the Bobcats trailing, 1-0, Manso played a perfect ball to teammate Holly Harris to grab an assist on the game-tying goal in the second half. Manso again fed a good ball to post an assist on Ohio’s go-ahead goal, then rifled home a penalty shot to register the third goal for the ‘Cats.
MARKED OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT
Through just 10 matches in 2013, the Bobcats have shown great improvement when it comes to putting the ball in the back of the net. After scoring 17 goals in 19 matches last season, the Bobcats have already equaled that total in just 10 contests this season.
The Bobcats are undefeated (3-0-1) on the road this season and have already equaled their away win total from a year ago (2-7-1 in 2012). Ohio has not won four road contests since the 2009 season. The ‘Cats are averaging 2.0 goals per game on the road - compared to 0.5 for their opponents - and hold a 16.5-6.5 edge in shots per game.
300 OR BUST
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) became the program’s all-time saves leader during the 2012 season, but on Aug. 30 against DePaul, she added to her record-breaking Ohio career by reaching the 300-saves plateau. She has now recorded 326 career saves, good for 10th most in MAC history.
OHIO/MIAMI SERIES HISTORY
The Bobcats and RedHawks will meet on the soccer pitch for the 21st time Friday. Miami holds a 12-8 edge in the all-time series, including a 6-3 mark at home. Ohio last defeated Miami in 2008, when the ‘Cats rolled 4-1 in Oxford.
OHIO/BALL STATE SERIES HISTORY
The Bobcats and Cardinals match up for the 17th time in the history of the programs Sunday. Ohio holds a 9-4-3 advantage in the all-time series and is 2-2-2 against BSU away from Chessa Field. The two teams tied (1-1) last year’s meeting in Athens.
SCOUTING MIAMI (4-6-0, 1-1-0 MAC)
Miami, the preseason favorite to win the MAC East, dropped its first conference game against Akron, but bounced right back with a win at Buffalo. The well-rounded RedHawks have not allowed a goal in any of their wins and have only been shutout once. Miami boasts the second-highest points per game average in the MAC.
They are led offensively by seniors Katy Dolesh (1.3 ppg) and Kayla Zakrzewski (1.2 ppg), who are in seventh- and eighth-place in the conference in points. Both were members of the All-MAC First Team in 2012. Dolesh (.60) is tied for second in the MAC in goals per game and Zakrzemski (.60) is second in assists per game. Senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg is second in the conference with three shutouts in nine games and is tenth in goals against average at 1.85. The Bobcats dropped both games to the Redhawks by a score of 1-0 last season.
SCOUTING BALL STATE (7-2-1, 2-0-0 MAC)
Ball State comes into the weekend having only allowed five goals in their first 10 games and swept their first MAC series against Akron and Buffalo. Splitting time in net this season are freshman Brooke Dennis and senior Layne Schramm. The tandem ranks first and second in a handful of MAC statistical categories. Schramm’s 0.37 goals against average is tops in the MAC, followed closely by Dennis (.57). Each goalkeeper has three shutouts, which is good for a tie at second in the MAC. Schramm’s .923 save percentage edges out Dennis’ .885 for the best mark in the conference.
Freshman forward Kelsey Wendlandt is anchoring the offense with .60 goals per game. Meanwhile junior midfielder Cailey Starck is leading the team with .40 assists per game, which places her in a tie for fourth in the conference.
Ohio remains on the road for a pair of MAC matches next weekend.