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Ohio Soccer Heads to Nashville for Music City Invitational

Ohio Soccer Heads to Nashville for Music City Invitational

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio soccer team continues the 2018 season this weekend when they head to Nashville, Tenn. for the Music City Invitational hosted by Vanderbilt. The Bobcats will take on Lipscomb on Friday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. ET. Ohio will then wrap up play on Sunday, Aug. 26 when they take on host Vanderbilt. First touch is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio opened up the 2018 season, going 1-1 last weekend. The Bobcats fell, 2-1 at Pitt on Aug. 17, but came back to defeat Robert Morris, 1-0 in overtime on Aug. 19. 

Against Pitt, Abby Townsend scored the lone goal for the Bobcats in the 20th minute. However, Pitt would score once in the 41st and once in the 52nd minute to ultimately come away with the win. 

Overall, the Bobcats recorded 15 shots, with seven of them on goal. In net, Erin Beurket allowed two goals on four attempts, recording two saves in 90 minutes of work in net. 

Against Robert Morris, it would take a few extra minutes to come away with the victory. With the games tied 0-0 in overtime, Townsend would head the ball past the keeper in the 92nd minute, ending the game and giving Ohio the 1-0 win. 

Ohio outshot RMU, 22-1, with nine of those shots on goal. In net, Sydney Malham faced one shot and made one save through the first 92 minutes of action.

All Time Against LIPSCOMB
This is the first meeting between Ohio and Lipscomb. 

SCOUTING LIPSCOMB 
Lipscomb is currently 2-0 on the season and are coming off of victory against Belmont and Tennessee Tech last weekend. 

Currently, Lipscomb is averaging 4.0 goals per game on 36 shots for a .222 shot percentage. They have also registered 21 shots on goal, giving them a .583 shots on goal percentage. After two games, they are averaging 10.8 shots per game, and have five assists. 

Leading Lipscomb after two games is Emanuela Schurch, who have five points, with two goals and one assist. Katia Hanger has three points, with one goal and one assist, and Justis Bailey has four points, with two goals. 

In net, the Lipscomb keepers have allowed only two goals and have made nine saves. 

ALL TIME AGAINST VANDERBILT
This is the first meeting between Ohio and Vanderbilt. 

SCOUTING VANDERBILT
Vanderbilt is currently 1-1 to start the season, falling to #10 Florida State to start the season, and defeating Jacksonville in game two. 

Vanderbilt has scored three goals on 21 attempts for a .143 shot percentage. Vanderbilt has also recorded 11 shots on goal for a .524 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading the way for Vanderbilt is Olivia Simmons who has three points, with one goal and one assist. Kaylann Boyd and Madison Elwell have both registered goals for Vanderbilt as well. 

In net, Vanderbilt keepers have combined to allow one goal and has made six saves. Lauren Demarchi has played 116 minutes, allowing no goals and making six saves. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 1-1 to open the 2018 season, falling to Pitt in the first game of the year, and then coming back to defeat Robert Morris in their second game to pick up their first victory of the season. 

As a team, Ohio has scored two goals on 37 attempts for a .054 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 17 shots on goal, for a .459 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading Ohio is Abby Townsend who has scored both of Ohio's goals for four points. Haley Miller and Sydney Leckie have both recorded one assist. 

In net, Ohio keepers have allowed two goals and have made three saves. Erin Beurket has played 90 minutes, allowing two goals and making one save. Sydney Malham has played 92 minutes, allowing no goals and making one save. 

IN THE MAC
Currently, Ohio leads the Mid-American Conference in shots (18.50) and shutouts (1). The Bobcats 

Abby Townsend is second in the MAC with goals, points, points per game and goals per game. Alivia Milesky is second in shots per game. 

In goal, Sydney Malham is tied for first in goals against average, shutouts and save percentage. 

RETURNING 'CATS
Starters Rianna Reese (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.)  return for Ohio along with redshirt senior Bryce Hueber, who will be returning to the field after her 2017 season was cut short due to an injury. Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) returns in goal for the Bobcats.

YOUNG BLOOD
Ohio adds eight freshmen this year including: Sam Wexell (Irwin, Pa.), Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio), Maeve Maloney (Lebanon, Ohio), Haley Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tayler Dickerson (Cincinnati, Ohio), Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio), Morgan Collica (Aurora, Ohio) and Lindsay Townsend (New Albany, Ohio). 

BOBCATS ADDS TWO TRANSFERS
The Ohio soccer team has added two graduate transfers to the roster for the 2018 season. Maria Collica comes to Ohio after a career at Butler, while Michelle Rockey comes to Athens after time at Oregon. 

Collica, a defender from Solon, Ohio, is the older sister of freshman Morgan Collica, and perusing her master's degree in Exercise Physiology. Collica finished her career at Butler with 53 games played and 47 starts. She scored two goals and registered eight assists for 12 total points. She registered 16 shots, with nine of them on goal for a .563 shots on goal percentage, while also recording two games-winning goals in her career.

Rockey, a defender from Woodland Hills, Calif. is perusing her MBA/MSA in Sports Administration at Ohio. Rockey finished her career at Oregon with 37 games played, 34 starts, 15 shots with six on goal for a .400 shots on goal percentage. She also recorded one assist for one point in her time with the Ducks.

PRESEASON POLL
The Ohio soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the 2018 Mid-American Conference Preseason Poll, in a vote of the league's coaches, the conference announced on Aug. 15. 

With 65 points, the Bobcats were selected to finish above Western Michigan, Akron, Northern Illinois and Miami. Selected to finish ahead of Ohio was Kent State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Toledo and Eastern Michigan. 

Kent State was selected to win the MAC Regular season crown with 134 points, while they were also picked to win the 2018 MAC Tournament with six votes.  

UP NEXT
The Bobcats will return to Athens for the first time in 2018. Ohio opens the home portion of their schedule on Friday, Aug. 31 against Northern Kentucky at 4 p.m. Ohio will wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 2 when they take on Marshall at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field. 

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