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Soccer Makes Last Road Trip of Regular Season

Redshirt freshman midfield Carly Manso leads the Bobcats with five assists and has tallied two goals in 2013.

Oct. 24, 2013


Friday at Toledo (4 p.m.) - Live Stats
Sunday at Northern Illinois (2 p.m.) - Live Stats | Live Video

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University soccer team (6-5-5, 2-3-3 MAC) makes its last road trip of the 2013 regular season, visiting Toledo and Northern Illinois this weekend in two pivotal Mid-American Conference matches that will go a long way in determining who qualifies for the upcoming eight-team league tournament.

The Bobcats square off against the Rockets (5-10-1, 2-5-1 MAC) Friday at 4 p.m., then battle the Huskies (4-9-3, 2-4-2 MAC) Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Last Meeting
October 19, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Rockets Outlast Bobcats, 2-1
On a cold and windy Friday afternoon at Chessa Field, Ohio Soccer lost a 2-1 decision to the visiting Toledo Rockets. The Bobcats battled back after allowing two first-half goals but couldn't quite find the equalizer at the end of the match.

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois0
October 21, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Bobcats Beat Huskies on Senior Day, 1-0
Ohio Soccer's chances at making its fourth consecutive Mid-American Conference Tournament appearance improved significantly on Sunday as the Bobcats earned a 1-0 Senior Day victory over the visiting Northern Illinois Huskies.

Fans can follow both matches this weekend via the live stats and live video links included above. Also, follow the program's official Twitter account (@OhioWSoccer).

Ohio kept itself in the hunt for a 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament berth by finishing the fourth weekend of league play with an 0-1-1 mark. The Bobcats were blanked by Eastern Michigan, 3-0, last Friday but bounced back two days later with a 0-0 Senior Day draw against Western Michigan.

Ohio closes the 2013 regular season at Chessa Field on Oct. 31, as the Bobcats play host to Kent State. The match is slated to get underway at 3 p.m.

Jockeying for seeding for the upcoming MAC Tournament is tight, with a number of scenarios still in play with just three regular season matches to go. MAC Tournament seeding is determined by the number of points a team accumulates during league play. Teams are awarded three points for a win and one point for a tie. The conference's top-eight squads qualify for tournament play. If the season ended today, Ohio would be the No. 7 seed and travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to face No. 2-seeded Central Michigan in the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals.

1. Eastern Michigan - 18 points
2. Central Michigan - 18 points
3. Miami - 17 points
4. Western Michigan - 17 points
5. Kent State - 15 points
6. Ball State - 14 points
7. Ohio - 9 points
8. Northern Illinois - 8 points

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 did not allow another second-half goal until last Friday, when Eastern Michigan senior midfield Cara Cutaia found the back of the net at 78:22 -- an incredible 499:10 of play without allowing a goal. Ohio has given up just five goals in the second half the entire season and has yet to give up a golden goal in overtime.

Ohio's five ties in 2013 rank as the most in program history. The previous record for ties in a single season was four, set by the 2010 team. The five ties pace the MAC and are tied with California, Lipscomb, Loyola Chicago and Utah for second most in NCAA Division I. New Hampshire and Oklahoma State lead the country with six ties apiece.

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

Liston totaled 22 saves last weekend - including matching her career high of 15 saves last Friday against Eastern Michigan - and faced 25 shots on goal. With the Sunday shutout of Western Michigan two days later, Liston broke Ohio's record for most career shutouts by a goalkeeper with 20. Liston's career saves total now stands at 378, which ranks sixth in MAC history.

Liston became Ohio's all-time single-season saves leader with 112 in 2012. She has started 67 of the 69 matches she has appeared in over her four-year career in net in Bobcats, with her 69 starts ranking as the most by a goalkeeper and 10th overall in school history. She has logged the most minutes in goal of any goalkeeper in Ohio soccer history.

Through 16 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 16 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, helping Ohio earn a 2-2 draw at Akron two weeks ago. 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 43 shots and 23 shots on goal. She ranks 10th in the MAC with 2.69 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 against 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 two weeks ago at Akron.

Manso is tied with Harris for the team lead with nine points this season. She leads the Bobcats with five assists and 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 two weeks ago 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 two weeks ago at Akron, 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.

SCOUTING TOLEDO (5-10-1, 2-5-1 MAC)
Led by 13th-year head coach Brad Evans, Toledo was picked to win the MAC West Division in the 2013 preseason poll. The Rockets opened conference play by dropping their first three matches but have gone 2-2-1 in their last five and are just a point behind Northern Illinois in the race to earn a MAC Tournament berth. Toledo went 0-1-1 last weekend, playing to a 2-2 tie at Ball State on Friday before being shut out at Miami, 2-0.

Senior forward Rachel MacLeod leads the MAC with 11 goals (0.69 per game) and 24 points (1.50 per game). Freshman forward Kiersten Johnson has added three goals while two of her classmates -- forwards Brooke Maletic and Shelby Antonacci -- have contributed two apiece. The Rockets are tied for fourth in the conference as a team with 1.44 goals per game. Sophomore midfield Geri Siudzinski and junior defender Kirsten Catloth are tied for the team lead with three assists apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Tiongson has made 14 starts in net and has tallied 62 saves.

Toledo leads the all-time series over Ohio, 11-8-0. The Rockets have won the last three meetings, including a 2-1 victory at Chessa Field last October. Then-junior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) made nine saves in the loss.

Led by second-year head coach John Ross, Northern Illinois currently occupies the No. 8 seed in the MAC Tournament race after being picked to finish last in the West Division in the conference's preseason poll. The Huskies posted an 0-1-1 mark last weekend, falling at Miami, 2-0, on Friday before earning a 2-2 draw at Ball State.

Sophomore forward Nicole Gobbo leads Huskies with six goals and 12 points. Senior forward/midfield Cori Frankenberg, senior defender Courtney Ksiazek and junior forward Allie McBride are tied for the team lead in assists with two apiece. Senior goalkeeper Amy Carr has started all 16 matches in net for Northern Illinois and ranks third in the MAC in saves (77) and fourth in saves per game (4.81).

The all-time series between the Bobcats and the Huskies is tied at 9-9-2, but Ohio has taken four straight from Northern Illinois -- including a 1-0 Senior Day shutout in 2012 in which then-junior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) tallied four saves to record her fourth shutout of the season.

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 (6.75). The `Cats also are tied for fifth in the MAC with 13.12 shots per contest.

Senior midfielder Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team on Aug. 6. Murnane started all 19 games of the 2012 season, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists.

In a preseason poll of the Mid-American Conference's head coaches, Ohio was selected to finish third in the East Division ahead of Akron, Buffalo, and Bowling Green. Toledo was tabbed to win the West and Miami was picked to win the East and the MAC Tournament.

The 2013 season will mark the beginning of Aaron Rodgers' career as a head coach. The Texas native spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers at the University of Kentucky.

With the addition of Elizabeth Woerle as a second assistant coach, the Ohio University soccer team completed a unique coaching situation. The Bobcat coaching staff is the only one in the Mid-American Conference which is comprised entirely of former professional players.