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Ohio Soccer Opens MAC Play at CMU and EMU this Weekend

Ohio Soccer Opens MAC Play at CMU and EMU this Weekend

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ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio soccer team (2-4-1) returns to action after a week off to open Mid-American Conference play. The Bobcats head to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to take on Central Michigan (2-6-0) Friday, Sept. 21. First touch is set for 6 p.m. Ohio will then head to Ypsilanti, Mich. on Sunday, Sept. 23 to take on Eastern Michigan (5-4-0) at 1 p.m.  

The Bobcats last saw the field on Friday, Sept. 7 when Ohio fell to Cleveland State, 4-0. The Bobcats next game against Wright State, that was scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9, was cancelled due to excessive rain that made field conditions unplayable. 


Central Michigan is currently 2-6 on the season with two home wins against Southern Utah and Oakland and is coming off of a loss against University of Illinois-Chicago last weekend. 

Currently, Central Michigan is averaging 1.62 goals per game on 88 shots for a .148 shot percentage. They have also registered 42 shots on goal, giving them a .477 shots on goal percentage. After eight games, they are averaging 11.0 shots per game, and 15 total assists.

Leading the team for Central Michigan is Lexi Pelafas contributing six of their 13 total goals and two assists for a total of 14 points after eight games. Following Pelafas is Shannon Magnan with nine total points on two goals and five assists and Madison Costner with seven total points on three goals and one assist. Maria Kaschalk has three points on three assists followed by Sheila Magnan and Mary Carlson with two points each on one goal apiece.

In net, the Central Michigan keeper, Morgan Britain, has allowed 13 goals and has made 22 saves while Brianna Wallbridge had allowed four goals and has made six saves. 

Central Michigan leads the all-time series against Ohio, 6-15-1.

The last time the two teams met was on Sept. 24, 2017, where the Bobcats defeated Central Michigan, 3-0 in Athens. 

Eastern Michigan is currently 5-4 this season, with a four-game winning streak over Creighton, Oakland, UIC and Connecticut but recently falling to, Massachusetts. 

Eastern Michigan has scored 10 goals on 145 attempts for a .069 shot percentage. Eastern Michigan has also recorded 56 shots on goal for a .386 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading the way for Eastern Michigan is Sabrina McNeill who has eight points, with three goals and two assists. Kristin Nason follows with four points with two goals. 

In net, Eastern Michigan keeper, Kaylin Williams, has allowed 13 goals and has made 40 saves for a .755 save percentage. 

Eastern Michigan leads the all-time series against Ohio, 9-11-4.

The Bobcats and Eastern Michigan last met on Sept. 22, 2017, where the Bobcats defeated the Eagles, 2-1 in overtime.

The Bobcats are 2-4-1 after seven games this 2018 season, defeating Marshall for their second win of the season but recently falling to Cleveland State. 

As a team, Ohio has scored eight goals on 100 attempts for a .080 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 52 shots on goal, for a .520 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading Ohio are Sarina Dirrig, Abby Townsend, and Madelyn Kah all with four points on two goals each. Followed by Sydney Leckie with three points on three assists, and Alivia Milesky with three points on one goal and one assist.

In net, Ohio keepers have allowed 12 goals and have made26 saves. Erin Beurket has played 268 minutes, allowing seven goals and making 15 save. Sydney Malham has played 382 minutes, allowing five goals and making 11 saves. 

Currently, Ohio ranks seventh in the Mid-American Conference in shots (100) and is tied for fifth in assists per game (10) with Bowling Green as well as tied for ninth in points (26) with Ball State.

Sydney Leckie is tied for sixth in assists. Also, Leckie is tied for seventh in assists per game with teammate, Paige Knorr, in a tie for tenth.

In goal, Sydney Malham falls to sixth in goals against average and tenth in save percentage while remaining in a tie for second in shutouts per game.

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). 

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 return to Athens on Friday, Sept. 28 when Ohio plays host to Miami. First touch is set for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field. Ohio will then return to Chessa on Sunday, Sept. 30 to take on Ball State at 1 p.m. That game will also serve as the Bobcats' Senior Day. 


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