CLEVELAND – Five members of the Ohio women's soccer team have earned Mid-American Conference postseason honors, the league announced today (Nov. 1). Alivia Milesky, Maria Collica and Mandy Arnzen were named to the All-MAC Second Team, while Abby Townsend and Olivia Sensky were named to the All-Freshman Team.
It is the first time since 2016 multiple Bobcats were named to the All-MAC Teams, and the first time since 2007 that three Bobcats have earned the honor in the same year.
It is the fourth-straight year that the Bobcats have had at least one named to the All-Freshman Team, and the first time since 2006 that two Bobcats have earned that honor in the same season.
Junior Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) finished her best regular season to date in a Bobcat uniform. Milesky led the team with 14 points, scoring six goals and adding two assists. She took a total of 47 shots and registered 23 shots on goal during the season, while also registering two game-winning goals. In MAC play, Milesky finished with a team-leading 11 points, scoring five goals and recording one assist to go along with two game-winning goals. She registered 25 shots with 12 on goal. Milesky's first game-winning goal of the season came on Sept. 23 at Eastern Michigan. The next came on Oct. 7 at Buffalo, when in the opening minutes of overtime, Milesky was able to capitalize on a Bulls' turnover to give Ohio the pivotal victory. Milesky's most dominating game of the season came on Oct. 18 against Northern Illinois, where she scored two goals for four points, with both of her goals coming within the first five minutes of the second half.
Graduate transfer midfielder Collica (Solon, Ohio) played in 18 games for Ohio during the regular season, starting 17 of them. Collica finished the season with four points and four assists, all coming in MAC play, while taking 17 total shots, with nine of them on goal. Collica's first assist of the season came on Oct. 14 at Bowling Green. Her biggest game of the year came on Oct. 18 where she recorded three assists against Northern Illinois. Her three assists tied a single-game record for assists in a game for the Bobcats.
Senior defender Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.), played and started all 18 games for the Bobcats during the regular season. Overall, she recorded three shots with one on goal, while helping Ohio anchor the defense that shut out seven teams this year. In MAC play, Arnzen recorded one shot on goal, but once again helped hold down the defense that recorded five shutouts during conference play.
Freshman midfielder Townsend (Powell, Ohio) played and started all 18 games in the regular season for the Bobcats. Townsend finished the regular season with four goals, three assists and 11 total points. Townsend got off 42 shots, with 22 on goal for a .520 shots on goal percentage. Townsend recorded two game winning goals, one on Aug. 19 at Robert Morris and another on Sept. 28 against Miami. Townsend scored goals in her first two official games as the Bobcat, scoring Ohio's lone goal at Pittsburgh in the season-opener and another two days later against Robert Morris. In conference play, Townsend scored two goals and had three assists for seven points. In MAC play, Townsend got off 28 shots with 15 on goal for a .530 shots on goal percentage. Townsend recorded goals against Miami, which as mentioned before, was the game-winner in the 1-0 victory. She also scored in Ohio's 2-1 victory at Eastern Michigan. Townsend's first assist of the MAC season game against Buffalo, when she assisted on Sydney Leckie's game tying goal in the 87th minute and to help force overtime. She also recorded assists in two-straight games, one against Northern Illinois and Another against Western Michigan.
Defender Sensky (Powell, Ohio) played in all 18 games for the Bobcats during the regular season, starting 14 of them. Sensky recorded a total of 14 shots with three of them on goal for a .750 shots on goal percentage. All four of her attempts came during MAC play, one against Eastern Michigan, one against Akron, one against Ball State and one against Kent State. Overall, Sensky's defense helped Ohio record seven total shutouts, with five of those coming in MAC play.
The Bobcats continue play at the 2018 MAC Tournament on Friday, Nov. 2 when the fourth-seeded Bobcats take on top-seeded Bowling Green. First touch is set for 7 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ohio.