Oct. 27, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio – For the fourth straight season, Ohio Soccer has qualified for the postseason. The Bobcats will kick off the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament at Miami on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Ohio closed the regular-season with a 3-0 loss at Kent State on Thursday afternoon. Heading into the final day of the season, Ohio, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Buffalo were all vying for the final two playoff positions. Ohio made its way into the tournament via Akron’s 2-1 overtime win over Buffalo.
Sunday’s match marks the fourth straight time Ohio has qualified for the MAC Tournament
This is the 14th time in 16 seasons that Ohio has qualified for the MAC Tournament
Ohio has a 7-13 record in MAC Tournament matches
Sunday’s match breaks a three-year run of facing Toledo in the first round of the MAC Tournament
Ohio has won more games (8) in 2012 than it did in 2011 (7)
Junior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) made six saves in Ohio’s loss at Kent State on Thursday. She is now just five stops from becoming Ohio’s all-time leader in goalkeeper saves.
Count on Cat
When a big match is in the balance, senior midfielder Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) has come through in the clutch for the Green and White. Rogers has scored 13 goals in her Ohio career (T-ninth all-time), nine of which have been game-winners.
Previewing the RedHawks
Miami enters Sunday’s match with 16-2-1 record which includes a 10-0-1 mark in MAC play. The RedHawks have scored 50 goals while allowing just 16 in their 19 matches.
Miami is led in scoring by Jess Kodiak and Kelsey Dinges, each of whom have scored 10 goals this season. Kodiak has also contributed nine assists to the scoring effort, a mark which ranks second on the team. Kayla Zakrzewski leads the program with 10 assists.
Allison Norenberg minds the net for the RedHawks. She has recorded seven shutouts on the season and posted a 0.84 goals against average and a .781 save percentage.
Ohio – Miami Series History
Sunday’s match will be the 20th all-time meeting between Ohio and Miami. The RedHawks hold an 11-8 lead in the series which has its roots in the 1997 season. Miami has won the last four meetings between the teams, most recently defeating Ohio 1-0 in Athens on Sept. 28 of this season.
Ohio is 3-6 all-time in matches played in Oxford.