ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio soccer team (1-2-1) returns to the friendly confines of Chessa Field this weekend for their 2018 home openers. The Bobcats will host Northern Kentucky (2-2-0) on Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. at Chessa Field. The Bobcats will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 2 when Ohio plays host to Marshall (0-2-1). First touch is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.
This season, a select number of Ohio soccer home games will be streamed live on YouTube.
Sunday's matchup against Marshall will be seen live on YouTube.com/OhioBobcatTV/live.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio continued play last weekend at the 2018 Music City Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
On Friday, the Bobcats faced off against Lipscomb, finishing the game in a 0-0 double overtime tie.
Through 110 minutes, Lipscomb outshot Ohio, 19-8, with the Bison recording six shots on goal to Ohio's three on goal.
Milesky led the way with three shots, followed by Townsend with two. Kah, Leckie and Rockey all recorded attempts for Ohio.
In net, Malham was a brick wall, not allowing a goal in 110 minutes, facing 19 total shots and making six saves.
Ohio returned to action on Sunday, falling to host Vanderbilt. 2-1.
Milesky would score in the 81st minute to cut the Vanderbilt lead to one goal, however, the Bobcats would be unable to complete the comeback.
Overall, the Bobcats would register four shots, with three on goal. Milesky would lead the way, registering one goal on two shots. Kah and Knorr would be register and attempt as well.
In net, Beurket would allow two goals and make nine saves on 18 shots faced through 90 minutes of action.
ALL TIME AGAINST NORTHERN KENTUCKY
This is the first official meeting all time against Northern Kentucky.
The last time the two teams met was on Aug. 8, 2016, where Ohio came away with the 2-1 victory in an exhibition game.
SCOUTING NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Northern Kentucky is currently 2-2 on the season with two home wins against Indiana State and Xavier and is coming off of a loss against Cincinnati last weekend.
Currently, Northern Kentucky is averaging 1.25 goals per game on 31 shots for a .161 shot percentage. They have also registered 15 shots on goal, giving them a .484 shots on goal percentage. After four games, they are averaging 7.8 shots per game, and four total assists.
Northern Kentucky has multiple weapons contributing to their five total goals after four games. Payton Naylor leading the team with three points scored, with one goal and one assist. Followed by Samantha Duwel, Shawna Zaken, Emily Soltes and Chloe Mills all with two points, with one goal and no assists.
In net, the Northern Kentucky keeper, Emily Lohmann, has allowed four goals and has made nineteen saves.
ALL TIME AGAINST MARSHALL
Ohio leads the all-time series against Marshall, 10-3-2.
The last time the two teams met was on Sept. 8, 2017, where the Bobcats fell to Marshall, 1-0.
Marshall is currently 0-2-1 to start the season, falling to UT Martin and Fairleigh Dickinson to start the season, and tying with Army West Point.
Marshall has scored three goals on 36 attempts for a .083 shot percentage. Marshall has also recorded 22 shots on goal for a .611 shots on goal percentage.
Leading the way for Marshall is Farah Abu-tayeh who has four points, with twos goal and a .500 shot percentage. Ashley Seltzer has also registered a goal for Marshall as well.
In net, Marshall keeper, Megan Bonelli, has allowed six goals and has made 16 saves.
LAST TIME AGAINST MARSHALL
The Bobcats and Marshall last met on Sept. 8, 2017, where the Herd defeated Ohio, 1-0.
In that game, Ohio registered 14 shots, with six on goal, while Marshall recorded 16 shots, with six on net.
In net, Sydney Malham got the start, playing all 90 minutes, while allowing one goal and making five saves in six attempts.
The Bobcats are 1-2-1 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. The Bobcats followed their win with a tie against Libscomb and a 1-2 loss to Vanderbilt.
As a team, Ohio has scored three goals on 49 attempts for a .061 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 23 shots on goal, for a .469 shots on goal percentage.
Leading Ohio is Abby Townsend who has scored two out of three of Ohio's goals for four points, with Alivia Milesky recording the third Bobcat goal for a total of two points. Haley Miller, Paige Knorr and Sydney Leckie have all recorded one assist.
In net, Ohio keepers have allowed four goals and have made 18 saves. Erin Beurket has played 180 minutes, allowing four goals and making 11 save. Sydney Malham has played 202.27 minutes, allowing no goals and making seven saves.
IN THE MAC
Currently, Ohio ranks 5th in the Mid-American Conference in shots (12.25) and is tied for the lead in shutouts (2) with Western Michigan. The Bobcats
In goal, Sydney Malham leads in goals against average and save percentage and is tied for the lead in shutouts.
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.
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.
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.
The Bobcats will return to action on Friday, Sept. 2 when Ohio heads to Cleveland State to take on the Vikings at 7 p.m. Ohio will then return to Athens for their final non conference match of the season, when they host Wright State on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.