ATHENS, Ohio -- The eighth-seeded Ohio women's soccer team (7-10-2) returns to the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time since 2013 on Sunday, Oct. 29 when Ohio headed back to Kent State (13-5-1) to take on the top-seeded Golden Flashes. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio.
This is the Bobcats' first trip to the MAC tournament since 2013. Overall, the Bobcats are 6-14 in MAC Tournament games and it will be the third time that the Bobcats have taken on Kent State. The Bobcats whole the 2-0 advantage in those games, picking up 1-0 victories against the Flashes in 2003 and 1998.
The match will be the sixth time Ohio has faced off against Kent State under Aaron Rodgers and the 26th time in program history.
"It's good for us," Rodgers said on playing Kent State in back-to-back games. "We know the things that we did really well in this game and we can see the things that we can approve on. We know what they're going to bring. Watching video is one thing, but actually playing them live you can see some things. They're a good team and they deserve to champions of the regular season. We don't' fear anyone. We can play with anyone and we saw that here today."
The Bobcats are coming off a 2-1 loss on Thursday to Kent State. The Flashes would take a 2-0 lead late into the second half, but in the 82nd minute Courtney Daugerdas scored on a breakaway. It was her first goal of the season and Remi Eades and Sydney Leckie both picked up assists on the goal. Overall, Ohio registered 10 shots, with six of them on goal. Allie Curry recorded three shots, two on goal, while Paige Knorr recorded two shots with one on goal. Daugerdas registered two shots and one goal, while Eades recorded an assist and one shot. Mandy Arnzen, and Victoria Breeden both record one shot each.
"They're a very good team," Rodgers said. "I think we showed that we can compete with anyone on their field. Knowing that they were competing for the championship, we were fighting for our MAC lives as well. We were able to come out and play a great game. It shows how committed this group is and how hard they've been working to accomplish their goal. We didn't' get the result today, but the MAC Tournament isn't selected off one game, it's selected from all 11 games and we did what we had to do. We collected enough points, some of the most points that Ohio women's soccer has had in a long time and we certainly deserve to be in the tournament. We're very proud for the seniors. They've worked really hard these last three years to come in and be able to compete in the MAC Tournament their final season."
Ohio wrapped up the regular season with a 7-10-2 overall record and a 4-5-2 record in the MAC. The conference record is the best for the Bobcats since 2011, when that team also finished with a MAC record of 4-5-2.
Overall this season, Ohio scored 22 goals and has a .498 shots on goal percentage.
LAST TIME AGAINST KENT STATE
The Bobcats are coming off a 2-1 loss on Thursday to Kent State. The Flashes would take a 2-0 lead late into the second half, but in the 82nd minute Courtney Daugerdas scored on a breakaway. It was her first goal of the season and Remi Eades and Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) both picked up assists on the goal. Overall, Ohio registered 10 shots, with six of them on goal. Allie Curry recorded three shots, two on goal, while Paige Knorr recorded two shots with one on goal. Daugerdas registered two shots and one goal, while Eades recorded an assist and one shot. Mandy Arnzen, and Victoria Breeden both record one shot each. In net, Erin Beurket made nine saves in 90 minutes of action.
Kent State registered 18 shots with 11 of them on goal. Kristen Brots and Maddie Holms picked up the goals for the Flashes, helping lead them to the MAC Regular season title.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State finished the regular season with a 13-5-1 record and a 9-2-0 MAC record. KSU is coming off a 2-1 victory on Thursday against Ohio, earning them the MAC Regular Season Championship.
Vital Kats leads Kent in scoring with five goals on the season, four assists, 43 shots and three game-winning-goals. Isabelle Mihail is right being with four goals, two assists, 22 shots and three game-winning-goals. Eight other Golden Flashes have added to Kent State's 22 season goals. Top goalkeeper for Kent is Ashleah McDonald who is 9-3-1 with six shutouts, eight goals allowed and 48 saves to give her a 0.65 GAA and 0.857 save percentage through 1,100 minutes.
IN THE MAC
Ohio is eighth in the MAC for shots with 241 (12.68 per game) and seventh in points with 64 (3,37 per game). The Bobcats are also tied for seventh in goals with 22 (1.16 per game), seventh in assists with 20 (1.05 per game), tied for seventh in goals allowed with 23 (1.21 per game) and seventh in saves with 85 (4.47 per game).
The Bobcats have been awarded the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 school year. The Bobcats earned a 3.43 team grade point average. This is the seventh-straight year that the Bobcats have earned the honor, and the fifth time under current head coach, Aaron Rodgers.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio has swept the MAC Player of the Week awards. Jaggers was named the offensive player of the week for Sept. 25 while Malham took the defensive spot. Jaggers notched two game-winning goals over the weekend while recording five shots and four points in 112 minutes. Malham quickly found her spot on the Ohio squad and has been a brick wall in net. The freshman played all 180 minutes against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan, logging 14 saves, a .933 save percentage and a .50 GAA while earning one shutout and allowing one goal. Malham's play helped the Bobcats come out over EMU for the first time since 2011 and CMU for the first time since 2008.
With a win, the Bobcats will advance to the Semi-final round on Friday, Nov. 3 at a campus site to be determined.