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Ohio Prepares for Important MAC Weekend

Kelsey Pichel is one of ten Bobcat seniors who will be recognized at halftime on Friday

Oct. 20, 2011

ATHENS, Ohio – Still perched atop the Mid-American Conference East Division standings, Ohio Soccer prepares for an important conference weekend which includes a home match on Friday against Buffalo and a Sunday contest at Kent State. Ohio Soccer’s 2011 Senior Day recognitions will take place at halftime of the Buffalo match on Friday.

Previewing the Bulls
Ohio (7-8-1, 4-3-1 MAC) will match up with Buffalo at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Bulls (9-4-3, 2-3-3 MAC) could prove to be a difficult opponent, because though they have only won once in their last five matches, they have picked up some solid results this season. A 1-0 win against Miami on Sept. 25 and a 0-0 draw at defending-champion Central Michigan on Sept. 30 are two of the team’s highlights during conference play. Buffalo blazed through its non-conference opponents, posting a 7-1 mark before beginning the MAC season.

The Bulls own the second-best defensive mark in the conference, having allowed only 12 goals through 16 matches. (Central Michigan holds the top spot, having conceded only seven goals all season.) Goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon has had a big role in this success, leading the league in shutouts (8) and total saves (108) while holding the second spot in save percentage (.900).

Much like Ohio’s offense in 2011, Buffalo’s has been quite balanced. Ten different players have scored this season for the Bulls, with Katie Roberts’ five tallies leading the way. Not far behind her are Aubrey Stahl and Taylor Thompson, who each have scored on three occasions.

Kent State Golden Flashes
At the moment, Kent State sits right on Ohio’s heels in the MAC East. The Golden Flashes are only one point below the Bobcats in conference play, having posted a 4-4-0 mark in the MAC. Before meeting up with Ohio, Kent State (10-6-0, 4-4-0 MAC) will host Akron on Friday.

Kent State boasts the best offense in the conference, having netted 27 goals through 16 matches. Four student-athletes on the team have scored five goals and five have accumulated ten or more points on the season. One of the most dangerous players on the squad may be Jessacca Gironda, as three of her five goals this season have been game winners.

Sunday’s match at Kent State will kickoff at 1 p.m.

Bobcat Bits
Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Amari (Vernon Hills, Ill.) started the first match of her career on Sunday against Bowling Green, making five saves to deliver her first-career shutout.

Ohio has moved the ball quite well this season, registering 16 total assists to match its 16 goals.

The Bobcats boast the fourth best goals-against-average in the conference, allowing 1.14 per contest.

Ohio seniors to be recognized on Friday: Ainsley Bodi, Lauren Burke, Laura Dieter, Remi FamoduToye Famodu, Katie Kemen, Kim Nordtveit, Rachael Philpot, Kelsey Pichel and Sara Seitz.

Friday’s match against Buffalo will be the 290th in program history. The Bobcats have posted an all-time record of 135-131-23 (86-57-18 MAC).