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Soccer Plays Host to MAC West Foes

Freshman midfield Carly Manso leads the Bobcats with five assists, which is tied for the most in the MAC and 49th in the country.


Oct. 17, 2013

Friday vs. Eastern Michigan (4 p.m.) - Live Stats
Sunday vs. Western Michigan (1 p.m.) - Live Stats

ATHENS, Ohio- The Ohio University soccer team (6-4-4, 2-2-2 MAC) returns home to the friendly confines of Chessa Field this weekend following a four-match road swing, playing host to Mid-American Conference West Division foes Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

The Bobcats welcome the Eagles Friday at 4 p.m., then play host to the Broncos Sunday at 1 p.m.

Fans attending Friday's match against Eastern Michigan will receive pink earmuffs as Ohio plays host to `Kick For The Cure' in support of the fight against cancer.

The Last Meeting
Eastern Michigan2
October 12, 2012
Ypsilanti, Mich.
Ohio Soccer Falls at Eastern Michigan, 2-1
Ohio Soccer lost to a tough Eastern Michigan squad on Friday night, falling by a final score of 2-1 in Mid-American Conference crossover play. Trailing 2-0 in the second half, Veronica Rock scored in the 74th minute to pull the `Cats within one but Ohio couldn't find the equalizer in the final minutes.

The Last Meeting
Western Michigan1OT
September 30, 2011
Kalamazoo, Mich.
Bobcats Beat Broncos in Overtime, 2-1
Ohio Soccer came back from a second-half deficit to win its first road Mid-American Conference match of the season on Friday, defeating the Western Michigan Broncos by a final score of 2-1.

Ohio will honor its four seniors -- defense Natalie Bechtel (Westlake, Ohio), goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio), midfield/forward Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) and forward/defense Alex Stec (Medina, Ohio) -- for their contributions to the program prior to Sunday's match against Western Michigan.

Fans who are unable to attend this weekend's matches in Athens can still following along via the live stats links included above. Also, follow the program's official Twitter account (@OhioWSoccer)

Ohio finished its four-match road swing by earning a 2-2 draw at Akron last Friday, then blanking Buffalo, 1-0, on Sunday. The Bobcats closed out the two-weekend road leg with a 1-1-2 mark. Ohio tied at Miami, 1-1, on Oct. 4 before falling at Ball State, 2-1, two days later.

The Bobcats have posted a 4-1-3 record on the road this season and have already surpassed their away win total from a year ago (2-7-1 in 2012). Prior to the 2013 season, Ohio had not won four road contests since the 2009 campaign. The `Cats are averaging 1.62 goals per game on the road - compared to 0.88 for their opponents.

Ohio surrendered a goal to Niagara junior forward Catherine Meyer at 68:12 on Sept. 6. The Bobcats have not allowed an opponent to score in the second half or overtime since -- an incredible 465:48 of play without allowing a goal. Ohio has given up just four goals in the second half the entire season and has yet to give up a golden goal in overtime.

Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) has put together an impressive list of accomplishments in her four-years in goal for the Bobcats.

Sunday's 1-0 blanking of Buffalo marked Liston's 19th career shutout -- tied for the most in school history. Liston tallied 15 total saves during last weekend's road trip and has piled up 356 over the course of her career, which ranks seventh all-time in Mid-American Conference history.

Liston became Ohio's all-time single-season saves leader with 112 in 2012.

Through 14 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 22 goals in just 14 matches in 2013.

Nine different student-athletes have combined to account for 20 of Ohio's 22 goals in 2013.

Freshman forward Allison Cislo (Crownsville, Md.), junior forward Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio), sophomore forward Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio), senior midfield/forward Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) and freshman forward Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) have each tallied three goals. Redshirt freshman midfield Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.) has posted two goals, and junior midfield Erin Feeney (Milton, Mass.), freshman midfield Mollie Whitacre (Perrysburg, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Sasha Haverchak (Akron, Ohio) have each recorded a goal.

Sophomore forward Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season and seventh of her career in the 15th minute last Friday, helping Ohio earn a 2-2 draw at Akron. Two days later at Buffalo, Harris sent a cross into the box for junior forward Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio), who buried it into the back of the net, providing the Bobcats with a 1-0 blanking of the Bulls. Harris finished the weekend with seven shots - including six on goal.

Harris is tied with redshirt freshman midfield Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.) for the team lead in points (9) and leads the Bobcats with 39 shots and 19 shots on goal. She's tied for eighth in the MAC with 2.79 shots per game. Harris is tied for the team lead in goals (three) and ranks third on the team with three assists.

Harris has tallied seven goals and five assists in two seasons for the Bobcats.

The key student-athlete in Ohio's second half comeback vs. Bowling Green 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 sophomore forward Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) 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.

Manso assisted on the goal by freshman forward Allison Cislo (Crownsville, Md.) in the 69th minute that allowed the Bobcats to earn a 2-2 draw at Akron last Friday.

Manso is tied with Harris for the team lead with eight points this season. She leads the Bobcats with five assists, which is tied for the most in the MAC and 49th in the country. Her 0.43 assists per game are tied for second in the MAC. She has tallied two goals in 2013.

Freshman forward Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) 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.

Milesky is tied for third on the team with eight points and is tied for the team lead with three goals. She has also tallied two assists.

On June 25, Milesky won a national championship with her U18 Elite Clubs National League side, the Ohio Premier Eagles. Milesky scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rush. Her goal was assisted by future Mid-American Conference foe Brooke Maletic (Toledo).

Senior midfield/forward Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) assisted on the first goal of the match last Friday at Akron -- a shot from the far right wing by sophomore forward Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) to help Ohio earn a 2-2 draw. It marked Murnane's second assist of the season.

Murnane, who is in her second season with the Bobcats after transferring from Dayton, is tied for third on the squad with eight points and is tied for the team lead with three goals. She has totaled five goals and four assists during her time in Athens.

Freshman forward Allison Cislo (Crownsville, Md.) scored the tying goal in the 69th minute at Akron last Friday, allowing Ohio to earn a 2-2 draw and marking the second straight game the rookie tallied a goal.

Cislo has totaled six points in her freshman campaign, including three goals to tie for the team lead.

Eastern Michigan was picked second in the MAC West in the preseason and is currently tied for that spot in the standings. The Eagles got off to a high-flying start in the conference with four consecutive wins, but took a bit of a dive with shutout losses to Ball State and Miami. Despite suffering those two shutouts they still lead the MAC in shots (15.93), points (6.57), goals (2.14) and assists (2.29) per game.

The Eagles are led by junior forward Angela Vultaggio who is third in the conference in shots per game (3.29) and fourth in goals per game (.43). Cara Cutaia, a senior midfielder, is third in the conference with .50 goals per game. Bianca Rossi's .36 goals per game also puts her in the top ten in the conference. Stephanie Clarke and Marisa Kozikowski are tied for the team's lead assists with .29 a game. Goalkeeper Megan McCabe is fifth in the conference in saves per game (4.36) and is allowing 1.3 goals per game.

Ohio leads the all-time series against Eastern Michigan with a 8-6-4 record. The Bobcats dropped a 2-1 decision in Ypsilanti, Mich., last season.

Six games into conference play Western Michigan finds themselves atop the MAC West and are yet to lose a game in conference play. The Broncos have already improved on their record from the 2012 season when they finished 1-5-4 in conference play. Western Michigan is second in the conference in goals per game (1.92) and assists per game (1.62).

Junior mid-fielder Rachel Chaney is tenth in the conference with .33 goals per game. Another junior Aubrey Sudomier, a forward, is fourth in the MAC with .38 assists per game. Sophomore midfielder Gina Maddi has posted .31 goals per game while junior forward Diana Dedvukai is averaging 2.70 shots on goal per game. Senior goalkeeper Michelle Watson is fifth in goals against average (.91) and is tied for third in the conference with four shutouts.

The Bobcats own a 8-5-4 series lead over the Broncos. Last season's match against Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich., was called in the 67th minute of play due to lightning and the field being deemed unplayable. Ohio held a 1-0 lead and would have been declared the winner had 70 minutes elapsed.

The Bobcats put together an impressive defensive streak from Sept. 8-27, as Ohio did not allow a goal in more than 290 minutes of action. The streak lasted from the first half of the Sept. 8 match vs. Morehead State to the first half of the Sept. 27 match vs. Bowling Green.

From Sept. 1-Sept. 27, the Bobcats put together a six-match unbeaten streak in which they out-scored their opponents, 14-4. After averaging 1.0 goals per game over the season's first three matches, Ohio exploded for 2.3 goals per contest during the surge and held a 101-40 edge over its opponents in shots.

Ohio leads the conference in corners per match (7.36) and is fourth in goals per match (1.57).The `Cats also are fifth in the MAC with 13.42 shots per contest.

Ohio plays its final two road matches of the 2013 regular season campaign, traveling to Toledo for a 4 p.m. match on Oct. 25, then visiting Northern Illinois two days later for a 2 p.m. meeting.