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Ohio Takes on Kent State to End Regular Season

Ohio's Mattie Liston

Oct. 24, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Soccer concludes the 2012 regular season at Kent State on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. Much will be at stake for the Bobcats in this match, as a win will go a long way in securing them a spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the fourth straight season.

The Bobcats (8-8-1, 3-5-1 MAC) are coming off a weekend during which they went 1-1 in MAC play, losing to Toledo (2-1) on Friday before picking up a crucial win over Northern Illinois (1-0) on Sunday’s Senior Day. Fittingly, senior midfielder Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) scored the game-winning goal in the match, finding the back of the net for the seventh time this season and the 13th time in her career.

Be the 144th win in program history
Be the 91st Mid-American Conference win in program history
Be the 109th win in the career of Head Coach Stacy Strauss
Match the win total achieved during the 2009 season
Be the 12th all-time win over Kent State (19th meeting)
Break a two-match losing streak to the Golden Flashes

Due to the Ohio – Western Michigan game being canceled on Oct. 14, the new ranking procedure in the Mid-American Conference is now points achieved per conference games played. Ohio has currently achieved 10 points through nine conference matches, netting an average of 1.11 per contest. This currently has Ohio tied for seventh place with Northern Illinois. Since Ohio beat NIU on Oct. 21, the Bobcats hold the tiebreaker in this instance. Buffalo is right on the heels of these two teams, having achieved 1.0 points per MAC game. Buffalo holds the tiebreaker over Ohio due to the Bulls’ 1-0 victory in Athens on Oct. 7.

If Ohio wins on Thursday, the Bobcats will have achieved 13 points through 10 league matches for an average of 1.3 per game. If NIU wins at Toledo, it will have an average of 1.27 points per game. Should Buffalo beat Akron, it will have an average of 1.18 points per game.

Western Michigan is also a contender for one of the final two spots. Should the Broncos win at Eastern Michigan, they will have accumulated 10 points through 10 league matches for an average of 1.0 points per contest.

All 12 MAC schools will be playing their final regular-season matches on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. In addition to the Ohio – Kent State match, Akron is at Buffalo, Ball State is at Miami, Central Michigan is at Bowling Green, Northern Illinois is at Toledo and Western Michigan is at Eastern Michigan.

Senior midfielder Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) scored two goals during last weekend’s matches, including the game-winner over Northern Illinois on Sunday. She earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts. This award was the second Rogers has earned this season.

Junior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) is just 11 saves away from becoming the program’s all-time leader. Liston currently has accumulated 274 throughout her career, just 10 behind the mark of 284 set by Vanessa Dennis from 1998-2001.

Kent State enters Thursday’s match the owner of an 11-4-2 record which includes a 6-3-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Golden Flashes have won six of their last eight matches and boast a very high-tempo offense which has generated the second highest goal total in the league. While scoring 32 goals, Kent State has only allowed 16 to this point in the season.

Jaclyn Dutton leads the offense for Kent State. She has scored 14 goals (1st in MAC) and has registered five assists through 17 matches. Stephanie Haugh is Kent State’s second leading goal scorer, as she has scored six times while adding nine assists. Stephanie Senn minds the net for the Golden Flashes, having recorded six shutouts, a goals-against average of 0.81 and a save percentage of 0.794.

Thursday’s match will be the 19th all-time meeting between Ohio and Kent State. Ohio holds an 11-6-1 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1997 season. Kent State has won the last two meetings in the series.

Ohio is 6-5 in 11 matches played at Kent State.