ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio women's soccer team looks to continue their strong start to the season this weekend when the team travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Xavier on Sunday, Sept. 3 for a 1 p.m. matchup at Xavier University Soccer Complex.
The Bobcats are coming off a weekend that saw the team fall 1-0 to High Point on Friday and win 1-0 against Cleveland State on Sunday. Top shooters against High Point were Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) (five shots, 0 SOG), Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) (four shots, three SOG) and Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, K.y.) (four shots, two SOG). In total the team made 20 attempts with seven on frame. Goalkeepers Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) and Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) both played 45 minutes. Beurket allowed one goal and zero saves while Malham made one stop. On Sunday, the winning goal came from a header off Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) following a free kick from Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio) in the 72nd minute. Beurket (three saves) and Malham (two saves) each played 45 minutes again. The Bobcats totaled 15 shots with eight on goal.
Head coach Aaron Rodgers knows that his squad is in for a tough contest this weekend against Xavier. The Bobcats and the Musketeers last three meetings have ended with one point differences with 2014's meeting going to double overtime.
"It'll be a great test for us. For the last three years we've played one-goal games with them and so last time we were there two years ago we snuck out a 2-1 win, last year they beat us 2-1, three years ago it was overtime. So it's going to be a very competitive game," Rodgers said. "They've got a lot of energy this year. They've been doing well, they tied Pitt [Pittsburgh] on Sunday, they play Friday night so we're going to see how they do there so I'm looking forward to it, it'll be a great test for our team."
Xavier leads the all-time series 7-2 (2-1 last three).
The Bobcats are dialed in to the 2017 campaign, holding a 3-1 record with four goals, 16.8 shots per game and only allowing one goal. Rodgers looks to continue performing well through disciplined play and finishing when it counts.
"We just want to continue to build on the momentum we've created. We want to continue to be very solid defensively and we talked about that earlier on in the season and preseason that we really wanted to be solid defensively and so far we've been doing very well at that. I think we want to increase our offensive outfit a little bit, we've created a lot of chances and now we need to start converting those chances into goals but we're still a work in progress, only four games into a 19 game season and we want to make sure that by the time we start conference play that we're firing on all cylinders," Rodgers said.
LAST TIME AGAINST XAVIER
The Bobcats fell 2-1 against Xavier in 2016. Xavier opened scoring in the 27th minute when Samantha Dewey slotted in a through ball from Jessica Miller. Ohio responded in the 51st minute when Alivia Milesky set up Remi Eades for a header at the top of the box. Xavier would ultimately pull away and park the bus at the 75th when Tori Doss scored the winning goal. Ohio was held to six shots (five SOG) with Beurket recording five saves (two GA) in 90 minutes. The Musketeers recorded 16 shots (seven SOG). Goalkeepers Rachel Piccus (one save, one GA) and Toni Bizzarro (three saves) split the game. Top shooter for Xavier was Kenadie Carlson who notched five shots with two on goal.
Xavier is 2-2-1 on the season and coming off a 1-0 loss to Eastern Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 1.
Samantha Dewey leads the team in scoring with three goals, nine shots, eight SOG and one game-winning goal. Sydney Schembri follows with two goals, four shots, three SOG and one game-winning goal. Xavier' lone goalkeeper Toni Bizzarro is 2-1-1 with 27 saves, six goals allowed, 1.42 GAA and one shutout.
Curry, Jaggers, Hueber and Milesky have all recorded one goal this season with Milesky, Jaggers and Hueber recording game-winning goals. Beurket and Malham have been splitting the time in net 50/50 with Beurket going 1-1-0 with seven saves and one goal allowed. Malham is 2-0-0 with six saves and no goals allowed.
IN THE MAC
Ohio is currently first in the MAC East and the overall MAC.
The Bobcats lead the MAC with 16.75 shots per game and have the best GAA average with 0.25.
Ohio travels to Marshall on Friday, Sept. 8 for a 7 p.m. match before coming home to Chessa on Sunday, Sept. 10 for a 2 p.m. match against Kentucky