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Ohio Soccer Set for Tough Road Contests at Toledo and Bowling Green

Ohio Soccer Set for Tough Road Contests at Toledo and Bowling Green

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ATHENS, Ohio-- The Ohio soccer team (5-5-3, 3-1-2 MAC) return to action this weekend to continue Mid-American Conference play. The Bobcats will hit the road once again to play Toledo (8-5-1, 4-2-0 MAC) on Friday, Oct. 12 followed with a match-up against Bowling Green (8-3-2, 6-0-0 MAC) on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. 

The Bobcats are coming off of a 1-0-1 weekend in which they tied with Akron on Oct. 4, before defeating Buffalo, 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 7. 

The Bobcats began the weekend with a 0-0 tie against Akron on Oct. 4. In that game, both teams remained scoreless after 110 minutes of play and marked the Bobcats second-straight double overtime game. 

Overall, Ohio recorded 15 shots with six on goal, while Akron recorded 13, with four on goal. Olivia Sensky, Abby Townsend, Maria Collica and Sarina Dirrig all recorded one shot on goal attempt while Rianna Reese recorded two shots on goal attempts. 

In net, Sydney Malham was solid, recording four saves and not allowing a goal in her 110 minutes of action.

Ohio then wrapped up the weekend with a 2-1 overtime win against Buffalo on Sunday (Oct. 7). With the Bobcats trailing 1-0 late in the second half, Sydney Leckie would score in the 88th minute to tie the game. After eight minutes of the 10 minute first overtime period without a goal, Alivia Milesky would score in the 98th minute to secure a 2-1 victory for the Bobcats. 

Overall, Ohio registered 16 shots with five on goal. Leckie recorded one goal on three shots while Milesky recorded one goal on two shots. Townsend registered four shots with one on goal and one assist while Dirrig, Kah, Collica, and Santacaterina all recorded attempts for the Bobcats.

In net, Malham allowed one goal and made two saves in 97 minutes of action.

Toledo is currently 8-5-1 on the season with three home wins against IUPUI, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan. Northern Illinois and Central Michigan wins make up two of their three-game winning streak leading into MAC play against Ohio. The Rockets third win of their current streak came against Eastern Michigan last weekend.

Currently, Toledo is averaging 2.14 goals per game on 190 shots for a .158 shot percentage. They have also registered 100 shots on goal, giving them a .526 shots on goal percentage. After 14 games, they are averaging 13.6 shots per game, and 24 total assists.

Leading the team for Toledo is Hannah Scafaria, contributing 13 of their 30 total goals as well as one assist for a total of 27 points after 14 games. Following Scafaria is Sophia Lewis with 15 total points on four goals and seven assists while Alex Troy, Elbony Rodriguez and Natalie Knauf all compiling six total points for the Rockets. Troy with three goals for her six points and Rodriguez and Knauf both with two registered goals and two assists for six total points. Alena Sidwell and Ashton Cassel both have five points on two goals and one assist. 

In net, the Toledo keeper, Madison Perrin, has allowed 16 goals and has made 48 saves for a .750 save percentage. 

Toledo leads the all-time series against Ohio, 9-15-0.

The last time the two teams met was on Oct. 22, 2017, where the Bobcats fell to the Rockets, 2-1. 

Bowling Green is currently 8-3-2 this season and currently undefeated in Mid-American Conference play thus far. This past weekend, Bowling Green recorded a pair of wins over Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan to finish up their third weekend of MAC play. 

Bowling Green leads the MAC in shutouts with seven and is third in goals per game averaging 1.92. Bowling Green has 230 shot attempts resulting in a .109 shot percentage. Bowling Green has also recorded 108 shots on goal for a .470 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading the way for Bowling Green is Erica Hubert who has 22 points, with eight goals and six assists. Chelsee Washington follows Hubert with 18 points on six goals and six assists. Nikki Cox and Maureen Kennedy both have nine total points for the Falcons. Cox with four goals and one assist and Kennedy with two goals and five assists. 

In net, Bowling Green keeper, Kathleen Duwve, has allowed seven goals and has made 49 saves for a .875 save percentage. 

Ohio leads the all-time series against Bowling Green, 12-4-5. 

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

The Bobcats are 5-5-3 after 13 games this 2018 season, defeating Buffalo for their third MAC win of the season. Prior to their third victory, Ohio tied against Akron in double overtime. 

As a team, Ohio has scored 14 goals on 178 attempts for a .079 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 85 shots on goal, for a .478 shots on goal percentage. 

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

In net, Ohio keepers, have allowed 16 goals and has made 57 saves. Erin Beurket has played 378 minutes, allowing eight goals and making 22 saves. Sydney Malham has played 879 minutes, allowing eight goals and making 35 saves. 

Currently, Ohio ranks seventh in the MAC in shots (178) and is seventh in assists per game (16) while dropping to tenth in points (44).

In goal, Sydney Malham moved to first in shutouts per game while securing third in save percentage and goals against average. Malham also ranks fourth in shutouts and remains tied for 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 returns to Chessa Field to play host to Northern Illinois on Thursday, Oct. 18. First touch is set for 3 p.m. The Bobcats wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 21 when they play host to Western Michigan at 1 p.m. 


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