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Ohio Soccer Concludes Regular Season Against Kent State on Thursday

Ohio Soccer Concludes Regular Season Against Kent State on Thursday

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ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio soccer team (8-6-3, 6-2-2 MAC), concludes the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 25 when Ohio hosts Mid-American Conference for Kent State (9-7-2, 5-4-1 MAC). First touch is set for 3 p.m. at Chessa Field. The Bobcats will then return to action on Sunday, Oct. 28 when the Bobcats host the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. First touch is set for 1 p.m. against an opponent who will be determined following games on Thursday. 

The Bobcats are coming off of a 2-0 weekend in which they defeated both Northern Illinois on Oct. 18, 4-0, and Western Michigan, 2-0, on Oct. 21. 

On Thursday against NIU, the Bobcats would score quick in the seventh minute, when Madelyn Kah scored her third goal of the season to put the Bobcats ahead. At halftime, the score remained 1-0 but 26 seconds into the second half, Alivia Milesky would score off a dish from Abby Townsend that gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. Milesky went on to score another goal in the 49th minute followed by a corner kick resulting in another Ohio goal, this time by Sarina Dirrig, in the 75th minute for an Ohio 4-0 lead. The Ohio defense would then hold strong and take the game 4-0. 

Overall, Ohio outshot Northern Illinois, 31 to 10, with the Bobcats recording 18 shots on goal, compared to NIU's eight. 

Milesky led the way with two goals, with three on goal, while Leckie registered five shots, with three on goal on one assist. Dirrig registered one goal on five attempts while Maria Collica recorded three shots, two shots on goal and three assists. Kah also added one goal on two shots for the Bobcats. 

In net, Erin Beurket allowed no goals and registered eight saves in 90 minutes in net.

On Sunday against Western Michigan, the Bobcats would take an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Leckie off an assist from Kah in the seventh minute . Late in the second half after several minutes of scoreless action, Dirrig would record her fourth goal of the season in the 81st minute to give Ohio a 2-0 lead over Western Michigan. The Bobcat defense held strong once again and Ohio would go on to take the game by the final of 2-0. 

Overall, Ohio and Western Michigan both recorded 19 shots, however the Bobcats transferred two shots into goals compared to WMU's zero.

Individually, Leckie led the way with one goal on five shots, while Dirrig added a goal on two shots. Kah added an assist and one shot on goal, while Milesky registered four shots with two on goal. Townsend added five shots with one on goal for Ohio.

In net, Sydney Malham allowed no goals and registered five saves in 90 minutes in net. 

Kent State is currently, 9-7-2 overall and 5-4-1 in MAC play. The Golden Flashes are also coming off of a win against Northern Illinois on Sunday. 

Currently, Kent State is averaging 1.94 goals per game on 295 shots for a .119 shot percentage. They have also registered  141 shots on goal, giving them a .478 shots on goal percentage. After 18 games, they are averaging 16.4 shots per game, and 25 total assists.

Leading the team for Kent State is Vital Kats who has seven goals and nine assists for 23 points and a .500 shots on goal percentage. Next, Isabelle Mihail and Maddie Holmes both with 13 points for the Golden Flashes. Mihail with six goals and one assists and Holmes with five goals and three assists.  Cameron Shedenhelm also has two goals and five assists for nine points to go along with a .545 shots on goal percentage. 

In net, Faith O'Niell averages a 1.48 goals against average with 44 saves while holding a .657 save percentage. Ashleah McDonald  has played in six  games, allowing five goals and making six saves for the Golden Flashes. 

Ohio  leads the all-time series against Ohio, 12-10-1.

The last time the two teams met in the regular season was Oct. 26, 2017, where Ohio fell by the final of 2-1.

Ohio then met Kent State three days later in the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals, tying the top-seeded flashes, 1-1. However, the Bobcats would fall 4-2 in penalty kicks. 

The Bobcats are 8-6-3 overall and 6-4-2 in the MAC this season. With one game remaining in the regular season, the Bobcats currently sit third in the standing. 

As a team, Ohio has scored 22 goals on 245 attempts for a .090 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 123 shots on goal, for a .502 shots on goal percentage.  

Leading Ohio is Alivia Milesky, who has scored six goals and two assists for 14 points this season. Next is Madelyn Kah, Sydney Leckie and Abby Townsend all with 10 total points. Kah and Leckie both with three goals and four assists while Townsend has four goals and two assists for 10 points. Also contributing for the Bobcats are Sarina Dirrig with nine points on four goals and one assist.

In net , Ohio keepers, have allowed 19 goals and have made 79 saves. Erin Beurket has played 468 minutes, allowing eight goals and making 30 saves. Sydney Malham has played 1,149 minutes, allowing 11 goals and making 49 saves for an .817 save percentage. 

Currently, Ohio ranks fifth in the MAC in shots (245) and is fourth in assists per game (1.41) while moving up to a tie for seventh in points (68). However, the Bobcats are tied for third in shutouts (7) and sixth in saves (4.65)

Alivia Milesky is tied for ninth in goals and tied for tenth in goals per game. In goal, Sydney Malham remains on top in shutouts per game while securing third in goals against average and fourth in save percentage. Malham also ranks tied for second in shutouts and remains tied for tenth in saves per game.

With one game to go in the regular season, the Bobcats currently sit in third place in the standings. 

With two wins last weekend, Ohio clinched a top-four seed. 

Ohio will take on Kent State on Thursday, who is currently fifth in the standings. 

The Bobcats are 6-16 all-time in the MAC tournament and have not won a tournament game since Nov. 11, 2004. 

Ohio has also never made it to the finals, making it to the semi-finals six times.  

The last time the Bobcats hosted a MAC tournament game in Athens was in 2009, where the Bobcats fell to Toledo in the first round. 

Prior to that, Ohio hosted in 2006, where they fell to NIU.

The last time the Bobcats won a MAC Tournament game was Nov. 2, 2004, when the Bobcats entered the tournament as the number one overall seed and defeated Eastern Michigan 3-1. 

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 stay in Athens for the first round of the 2018 MAC Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 28. First touch is set for 1 p.m. against an opponent that will be determined on Thursday. 


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