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Ohio freshman forward Holly Harris
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Oct. 11, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – After finishing its longest homestand of the season, Ohio Soccer goes back on the road this weekend to face off against two Mid-American Conference foes. The Bobcats will play at Eastern Michigan on Friday at 3 p.m. before traveling to Western Michigan for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.

Ohio picked up an important win on Friday over Akron before dropping a close, 1-0 decision to Buffalo on Sunday. Through 14 matches, the Bobcats have posted a 7-6-1 record which includes a 2-3-1 mark in MAC play. With seven points in league matches, Ohio currently ranks third in the MAC East and eighth overall in the conference.

WINS THIS WEEKEND WOULD…
Be the 143rd and 144th wins in program history
Be the 108th and 109th wins in Head Coach Stacy Strauss’ career at Ohio
Be the 90th and 91st Mid-American Conference wins in program history
Be the ninth win over Eastern Michigan (19th meeting)
Be the second straight win over Eastern Michigan
Extend Ohio’s current unbeaten run against Eastern Michigan to four matches
Be the ninth win over Western Michigan (18th meeting)
Be the second straight win over Western Michigan
Extend Ohio’s current unbeaten run against Western Michigan to five matches

FRESHMAN PHENOM
Currently tied for fifth place in the MAC with two game-winning goals, freshman striker Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) has made an immediate impact for the Bobcats in her first season. Harris has registered two multi-goal games this season and her four goals rank second among all MAC freshmen. Haley Walter of Miami is the only freshman to have scored more goals this season than Harris, as she has found the back of the net six times.

FINLEY FINDS FORM
Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio) has been a solid offensive contributor over the last three matches. The sophomore scored the first goal of her career on Sept. 29 vs. Ball State and followed this up with another goal in the win over Akron on Oct. 5. Finley’s two goals currently rank tied for third on the team.

BALANCED SCORING
In the 14 matches played during the 2012 season, Ohio’s scoring efforts have been balanced. The Bobcats have scored seven of their 14 goals in the first half of games and seven in the second half. Ohio also boasts five different goal scorers and nine student-athletes who have provided at least one assist.

SHOT MACHINE
Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) holds a significant lead on the team in total shots with 41. She has registered 18 more shots than the next Bobcat on the list, junior Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.). Rogers’ 41 shots currently rank fourth in the Mid-American Conference.

PREVIEWING THE EAGLES
Eastern Michigan enters Friday’s contest the owner of a 7-5-1 record which includes a 4-2 mark in MAC play. The Eagles currently rank second in the MAC West and third overall with 12 points. Eastern Michigan is currently on a two-match losing streak, falling at Ball State (1-0) on Oct. 5 and Miami (4-3) on Oct. 7.

Eastern Michigan is led in scoring by Angela Vultaggio. The sophomore has had a strong season, scoring six goals and providing five assists. She is closely followed by Bianca Rossi (5G, 3A) and Cara Cutaia (4G, 7A).

Jenna O’Dell minds the net for the Eagles and has posted five shutouts in 2012. The goalkeeper has recorded a goals against average of 1.21 and a save percentage of 0.830.

OHIO – EASTERN MICHIGAN SERIES HISTORY
Friday’s match will be the 19th meeting between Ohio and Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats hold an 8-6-4 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1997 season. Ohio won the last meeting between the programs, beating Eastern Michigan 1-0 in Athens on Sept. 23, 2011 when Rogers fired a long-distance laser into the back of the net in the 83rd minute.

The Bobcats are 2-4-3 in nine all-time meetings in Ypsilanti, Mich.

PREVIEWING THE BRONCOS
Western Michigan enters the weekend with a 5-6-3 record which includes a 1-2-3 mark in MAC play. The Broncos currently sit sixth in the MAC West and ninth overall. Western Michigan is coming off a 3-0 loss at Miami on Oct. 5 and a 0-0 draw at Ball State on Oct. 7. The Broncos will host Kent State on Friday before the Bobcats come to Kalamazoo, Mich., on Sunday.

Rachel Chaney leads the Broncos with four goals and one assist to this point in 2012. Three more WMU student-athletes—Aubrey Sudomier, Diana Dedvukaj and Kylie Nylen—have registered multiple goals. The Broncos have scored 12 times in 2012 while allowing 14 goals.

Michelle Watson minds the net for Western Michigan and has recorded four shutouts in 2012. The goalkeeper has recorded a goals against average of 0.95 and a save percentage of 0.759.

OHIO – WESTERN MICHIGAN SERIES HISTORY
Sunday’s match will be the 18th all-time meeting between Ohio and Western Michigan. Ohio holds an 8-5-4 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1997 season. The Bobcats won the last meeting between the two teams, winning 2-1 in overtime in Kalamazoo on Sept. 30, 2011. Ohio is currently on a four-match unbeaten streak against the Broncos, last losing to them during the 2007 season.

The Bobcats are 4-4-1 in nine all-time matches at Western Michigan.