ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio soccer team (6-6-3, 4-2-2 MAC) begins a three-game home stand to wrap up the regular season. The Bobcats will first host Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois (2-14-0, 1-7-0 MAC) on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at Chessa Field. The Bobcats will then conclude the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 21 when Western Michigan (11-5-0, 5-3-0 MAC) comes to town. First touch is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bobcats are coming off of a 1-1 weekend in which they defeated Toledo on Oct. 12, 1-0, before falling to MAC-leading Bowling Green, 3-1.
On Friday at Toledo, the Bobcats would score in the 49th minute, when Bryce Huber scored on a free kick to put the Bobcats a head. The Ohio defense would then hold strong and take the game 1-0.
Overall, Toledo outshot Ohio, 11 to eight, with the Rockets recording five shots on goal, compared to Ohio's three.
Sydney Leckie registered three shots, with none on goal, while Hueber registered one goal on one shot off the bench. Maria Collica recorded two shots, one shot on goal while Jenni Santacaterina and Abby Townsend recorded a shot apiece with Townsend also recording a shot on goal.
In net, Sydney Malham allowed no goals and registered five saves in 90 minutes in net.
On Sunday at Bowling Green, the Falcons would take an early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. Ohio would then tie the game up in the 30th minute on goal from Alivia Milesky. However, moments later, BGSU would retake the lead. The Falcons would go on to take the game by the final of 3-1.
Overall, Ohio was outshot 17-11, with the Bobcats getting four shots on goal compared to BGSU's seven.
Individually, Milesky led the way with one goal on three shots, while Hueber added two attempts, as did Leckie. Collica added an assist and one shot, while Rianna Reese also registered a shot as well.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Northern Illinois is currently, 2-14-0 overall and 1-7 in MAC play. The Huskies are also coming off of a win against Central Michigan on Sunday.
Currently, NIU is averaging 0.56 goals per game on 129 shots for a .070 shot percentage. They have also registered 59 shots on goal, giving them a .457 shots on goal percentage. After 16 games, they are averaging 8.1 shots per game, and 5 total assists.
Leading the team for Northern Illinois is Abby Gregg who has two goals for four points and a .522 shots on goal percentage. Next is Trudy Quidzinski who also has two goals for four points to go along with a .600 shots on goal percentage.
In net, Megan Donnally averages a 2.49 goals against average with 74 saves while holding a .747 save percentage. MacKenzie Lee has played in eight games, allowing 10 goals and making 43 saves for the Huskies.
ALL TIME AGAINST NORTHERN ILLINOIS
NIU leads the all-time series against Ohio, 10-13-2.
LAST TIME AGAINST NORTHERN ILLINOIS
The last time the two teams met was on Oct. 15, 2017, where the Bobcats fell to the Huskies, 1-0 in DeKalb.
SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN
Western Michigan is currently 11-5 overall and 5-3 in the MAC. The Broncos are also coming off of a 2-1 victory over Eastern Michigan last Sunday.
WMU has scored 28 goals this season, averaging 1.75 goals per game. The Broncos have also registered 258 shots, averaging 16.1 a game for a .109 shots percentage.
Leading the way for Western Michigan is Grace Laadie, who has four goals and nine assists for a team-leading 17 points. Next is Alyssa Burke, who has scored five goals and recorded four assists for 14 points. Meanwhile, Hannah Kahn has scored four goals and for assists for 12 points.
In net, Hannah Sargent has played all 16 games, allowing 21 goals for a 1.30 goals against average, while snagging 60 saves.
ALL TIME AGAINST WESTERN MICHIGAN
Ohio leads the all-time series against WMU, 10-7-5.
LAST TIME AGAINST WESTERN MICHIGAN
The Bobcats and Buffalo last met on Oct. 5, 2017, where the Bulls defeated the Bobcats, 2-1 in Athens.
The Bobcats are 6-6-3 overall and 4-4-2 in the MAC this season. With three games remaining in the regular season, the Bobcats currently sit fourth in the standing.
As a team, Ohio has scored 16 goals on 195 attempts for a .082 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 92 shots on goal, for a .472 shots on goal percentage.
Leading Ohio is Alivia Milesky, who has scored four goals and two assists for 10 points this season. Next is Abby Townsend, who has scored four goals and has one assist for nine points. Sydney Leckie has seven total points on two goals and three assists while Madelyn Kah has seven total points on two goals and three assists. Also contributing for the Bobcats are Sarina Dirrig with five points on two goals and one assist.
In net , Ohio keepers, have allowed 19 goals and have made 66 saves. Erin Beurket has played 378 minutes, allowing eight goals and making 22 saves. Sydney Malham has played 1,059:19 minutes, allowing 11 goals and making 44 saves for an .800 save percentage.
IN THE MAC
Currently, Ohio ranks seventh in the MAC in shots (195) and is seventh in assists per game (1.20) while dropping to tenth in points (50). However, the Bobcats rank four in shutouts (5) and sixth in saves (4.40)
In goal, Sydney Malham moved to first in shutouts per game while securing third in save percentage and goals against average. Malham also ranks second in shutouts and remains tied for tenth in saves.
With three games to go in the regular season, the Bobcats currently sit in fourth place in the standings, setting the Bobcats to host a home game in the 2018 MAC Tournament.
This weekend, Ohio who play NIU, who is 12th in the standings, and WMU, who currently sits one point ahead of Ohio in third.
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 stay in Athens to conclude the 2018 regular season on Thursday, Oct. 25. First touch is set for 3 p.m. at Chessa Field.