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Ohio Soccer Set for Matchups with Akron and Buffalo Starting Thursday

Ohio Soccer Set for Matchups with Akron and Buffalo Starting Thursday

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio soccer team (4-5-2, 2-1-1 MAC) return to action this weekend to continue Mid-American Conference play. The Bobcats will play host to Akron (4-7-1, 1-3-0 MAC) on Thursday, Oct. 4. First touch is set for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field. Ohio will then hit the road to Buffalo N.Y. to face off with Buffalo (9-2-0, 3-1-0 MAC) on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. 


Both Ohio soccer match on Thursday will be live streamed by OhioBobcatTV. Those interested in watching can at youtube.com/bobcattv/live. 

The Bobcats returned to Chessa Field for the first time in almost three weeks last weekend to continue MAC play. 

The Bobcats began the weekend with a 1-0 victory against Miami on Sept. 28. In that game Abby Townsend would score in the 56th minutes, giving Ohio the lead and the victory. 

Overall, Ohio recorded 13 shots with seven on goal, while Miami recorded 10, with five on goal. Townsend recorded a goal on two shots, while Madelyn Kah also recorded three attempts. Alivia Milesky registered three attempts and one assist. 

In net, Sydney Malham was solid, recording five saves and not allowing a goal in her 90 minutes of action.

Ohio then wrapped up the weekend with a 1-1 double overtime tie against Ball State on Sunday (Sept. 20). With the Bobcats trailing 1-0 late in the second half, Sydney Leckie would score in the 84th minute to tie the game. After two overtime periods without a goal, the game would end in a 1-1 tie. 

Overall, Ohio registered 15 shots with seven on goal. Townsend registered seven shots with two on goal, while Leckie recorded one goal on two shots. Sarina Dirrig, Milesky, Olivia Sensky, Mandy Arnzen, Rianna Reese and Bryce Hueber all recorded attempts for the Bobcats, while Dirrig and Kah also added assists. 

In net, Erin Beurket allowed one goal and made seven saves in 110 minutes of action on her senior day.

Akron is currently 4-7-1 on the season with one home win against Youngstown State and is coming off of two losses against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan last weekend in its second weekend of MAC play. 

Currently, Akron is averaging 1.67 goals per game on 142 shots for a .141 shot percentage. They have also registered 72 shots on goal, giving them a .507 shots on goal percentage. After 12 games, they are averaging 11.8 shots per game, and 11 total assists.

Leading the team for Akron is Sydney Worthy, contributing four of their 20 total goals as well as one assist for a total of nine points after 12 games. Following Worthy is Carly Pcholinsky with eight total points on three goals and two assists and Ashley Amato with six total points on three goals. Rachel Baughman has five points on two goals and one assist followed by Shea O'Brien, Ryley Watt and Erica Schrader all with four points apiece. 

In net, the Akron keeper, Erin McKinney, has allowed 16 goals and has made 51 saves for a .761 save percentage.  

Ohio leads the all-time series against Akron, 11-5-1.

The last time the two teams met was on Oct. 8, 2017, where the Bobcats defeated the Zips, 5-0. 

Buffalo is currently 9-2-0 this season, with only one loss in Mid-American Conference play thus far. This past weekend, Buffalo recorded a pair of wins over Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan to finish up their second weekend of MAC play. 

Buffalo leads the MAC in goals scored with 27 averaging 2.45 goals per game. Buffalo has 167 shot attempts resulting in a .162 shot percentage. Buffalo has also recorded 91 shots on goal for a .545 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading the way for Buffalo is Carissima Cutrona who has 24 points, with eight goals and eight assists. Marcy Barberic follows Cutrona with 15 points on five goals and five assists. Gurjeena Jandu and Kaitlyn Walsh both have ten total points for the Bulls. Jandu with two goals and six assists and Walsh with four goals and two assists. Tess Ford has seven points with three goals and one assist. 

In net, Buffalo keeper, Emily Kelly, has allowed 10 goals and has made 49 saves for a .831 save percentage. 

Ohio and Buffalo are tied, 10-10-1. 

The Bobcats and Buffalo last met on Oct. 5, 2017, where the Bulls defeated the Bobcats, 2-1 in Athens. 

The Bobcats are 4-5-2 after 11 games this 2018 season, defeating Miami for their second MAC win of the season. Shortly after their second victory, Ohio tied against Ball State in double overtime. 

As a team, Ohio has scored 12 goals on 147 attempts for a .082 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 74 shots on goal, for a .503 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading Ohio is Abby Townsend with eight points on four goals and is followed closely by Madelyn Kah and Alivia Milesky both with six points each on two goals and two assists apiece. Also contributing for the Bobcats are Sarina Dirrig with five points on two goals and one assist and Sydney Leckie with five points on one goal and three assists. 

In net, Ohio keepers, have allowed 15 goals and has made 51 saves. Erin Beurket has played 378 minutes, allowing eight goals and making 22 saves. Sydney Malham has played 672 minutes, allowing seven goals and making 29 saves. 

Currently, Ohio ranks seventh in the MAC in shots (147) and is sixth in assists per game (15) and remains ninth in points (39).

Abby Townsend is tied for tenth in goals. 

In goal, Sydney Malham moved to second in shutouts per game while securing fourth in save percentage and a tie for fourth in shutouts. Malham also ranks tenth in saves.

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 action next weekend when Ohio heads to Toledo to take on the Rockets on Friday, Oct. 12. First touch is set for 4 p.m. The Bobcats wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 14 when they take on Bowling Green at 1 p.m. 


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