ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Soccer plays its final two regular-season home games this weekend. The Bobcats will welcome Toledo to Chessa Field on Friday for a 3 p.m. start before hosting Northern Illinois on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday's match will serve as the program's 2012 Senior Day.
Coming off a weekend against Mid-American Conference foes, Ohio went 0-1 in its last game action. The Bobcats lost a close 2-1 decision at Eastern Michigan Friday before having a 1-0 lead Sunday at Western Michigan nullified by a decision to abandon the match due to weather in the 67th minute, three minutes before it would have become final. The game was officially canceled and will not be made up.
Ohio holds a 7-7-1 mark which includes a 2-4-1 record in MAC play. The Bobcats are currently tied for seventh place in the conference with Northern Illinois, as both schools have averaged 1.0 points per game in MAC play. Due to the fact that the Ohio - Western Michigan game was canceled, standings will now be calculated by the league office based on a points-per-MAC-game basis.
WINS THIS WEEKEND WOULD... Be the 143rd and 144th victories in program history Be the 90th and 91st Mid-American Conference wins in program history Exceed Ohio's win total (7) from the 2011 season Mark the first eight-win season since 2009 Be the ninth victory in the all-time series against Toledo (19th meeting) Break a five-match losing streak to Toledo Be the ninth victory in the all-time series against Northern Illinois (20th meeting) Be the fourth straight win over Northern Illinois
RECORD WATCH Coming into Friday's match with Toledo, junior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) has made 77 saves this season and 261 in her career. She is 24 away from overtaking Vanessa Dennis (1998-01) for the all-time record in Ohio Soccer history.
SAVE PERCENTAGE Liston also boasts the best save percentage in the entire conference. The junior has stopped 82.8 percent of attempts which have come her way during the 2012 season.
FREE SCARVES The first 100 fans to enter Friday's match against Toledo will receive free Ohio Bobcat scarves.
PREVIEWING THE ROCKETS Toledo enters Friday's contest the owner of a 6-9-1 record which includes a 4-3-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Rockets are scoring an average of 1.00 goals per game while conceding 1.25 per contest. Toledo has won two of its last three games, defeating Bowling Green (3-0) and Ball State (2-1 in overtime) before most recently losing to Miami (1-0).
The Rockets have relied on a balanced offensive effort in 2012. Rachel MacLeod leads the way in total points with eight (3G, 2A). Not far behind her are Natalia Gaitan of the Colombian Women's National Team (3G) and Megan Blake (2G, 1A). Ten different student-athletes have scored goals for the Rockets in 2012.
Minding the net for Toledo is Kelsey Borowitz, who has posted a goals-against average of 1.37 and a save percentage of .714. Borowitz has made 40 saves throughout the season and has registered three shutouts.
OHIO - TOLEDO SERIES HISTORY Friday's match is the 19th all-time meeting between Ohio and Toledo. The Rockets hold a 10-8 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1997 season. Toledo has won the last five meetings between the teams, with Ohio's last victory over the Rockets coming during the 2009 season. Ohio is 4-4 against Toledo in eight meetings in Athens.
PREVIEWING THE HUSKIES Northern Illinois comes to Athens the owner of a 6-7-2 record which includes a 2-4-2 mark in MAC play. The Huskies have outscored their opponents, 17-15, in 2012 and are currently on a three-match losing streak. In its last three outings, NIU has lost to Central Michigan (2-1 in overtime), Miami (3-2) and Ball State (1-0). Prior to playing in Athens, the Huskies will travel to Kent State on Friday.
Cori Frankenberg leads the way offensively for the Huskies, having scored four goals and dished out four assists. She is followed by four teammates, as Shelbi Johnson, Allie McBride, Courtney Ksiazek and Sara Spaulding have each scored two goals apiece.
Minding the net for NIU is Amy Carr. She has posted an impressive 0.93 goals-against average and a save percentage of .736 en route to recording five shutouts.
OHIO - NORTHERN ILLINOIS SERIES HISTORY Sunday's match will be the 20th all-time meeting between Ohio and Northern Illinois. The Huskies hold a 9-8-2 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1997 season. Ohio has won the last three meetings between the schools, most recently defeating NIU 2-1 on the road during the 2011 season. In 10 all-time meetings in Athens, Northern Illinois holds a 6-4 edge.