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Soccer Hits The Road For Matches At Akron, Buffalo

Freshman Alexis Milesky is making an immediate impact for Ohio this season.

Oct. 9, 2013


Friday at Akron (7:30 p.m.) - Live Stats | Live Video
Saturday at Buffalo (Noon) - Live Stats | Live Video

The Last Meeting
October 5, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Bobcats Outlast Zips in MAC East Play, 3-2
Ohio Soccer picked up three important points in Mid-American Conference play on Friday afternoon, defeating the visiting Akron Zips by a final score of 3-2. Holly Harris scored two goals in the winning effort and the `Cats held on despite a furious finish by the visitors.

The Last Meeting
October 7, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Edged by Buffalo Penalty, 1-0
Ohio Women's Soccer lost a close match to the visiting Buffalo Bulls on Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field, falling by a final score of 1-0. Courtney Mann's successful penalty attempt in the 18th minute proved to be the only difference in the match.

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University soccer team (5-4-3, 1-2-1 MAC) returns to the road for two league matches in Ohio and Western New York this weekend.

The Bobcats will play at Akron Friday at 7:30 p.m. before battling Buffalo on Sunday (Noon) in Western New York.

Fans can follow both matches this weekend via the live stats and live video links included above.

Last time out, Ohio notched an 0-1-1 record on its two match MAC road swing last weekend. The Bobcats earned a 1-1 tie (2OT) at Miami on Oct. 4 and fell to Ball State, 2-1, on Oct. 6.

Against Miami on Oct. 4, senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) notched a season-best 10 saves to help Ohio earn its first point in Oxford since 2008. Three of Liston's 10 saves came in the overtime portions of the matchup.

Freshman forward Alexis Milesky has made an immediate impact for Ohio in her first year on campus. Her first half goal on Oct. 4 at Miami helped the Bobcats secure a tie in Oxford. The Plain City, Ohio, native is tied with fellow freshman Carly Manso for the team lead in points (8) and has notched a team-high three goals on the year.

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 already have eclipsed that total with 19 goals in just 12 matches in 2013.

The Bobcats have posted a 3-1-2 record 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 1.7 goals per game on the road - compared to 0.8 for their opponents - and hold a 15.2-11.5 edge in shots per game.

The Bobcats and Zips will meet on the soccer pitch for the 13th time Friday. Ohio holds an 8-4 edge in the all-time series, including a 3-3 record at Akron. Last season, the Bobcats defeated the Zips 3-2 in Athens, with sophomore Holly Harris posting two goals for the Bobcats.

Ohio and Buffalo will match up for the 17th time in program history on Sunday. The `Cats hold a slim 8-7-1 edge in the all-time series, including a 6-3 record in Buffalo. Last season, Ohio fell to the Bulls, 1-0, in Athens.

SCOUTING AKRON (4-6-2, 1-3-0 MAC)
Akron enters the matchup coming off a pair of shutout setbacks in two MAC contests last weekend. The Zips fell to Northern Illinois on Friday by the score of 2-0 before falling to Toledo in a narrow 1-0 contest on Sunday. Akron is led by senior Kelly Deniro, who is the MAC leader in shots (43) and shots per game (3.58). Sarah Sivic leads the Zips in points with 12 on four goals. Goalkeeper Klaire Adee has notched 30 saves in her 10 games this season with a 1.59 goals against average.

The Bulls enter Sunday's game with an overall record of 4-5-2 (1-3-0 MAC). Buffalo is coming off a 2-1 loss to Northern Illinois in double overtime last weekend. Senior Karen McMahon leads the way for the Bulls and has posted two game winning goals on the year (t-3rd in MAC). McMahon scored Buffalo's only goal last week against Northern Illinois. Senior Ainsley Wheldon bolsters the Bulls at goal, as she is ranked first in shutouts and fourth in save percentage in the MAC with 43 saves and an .811 save percentage this season.