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No. 4 Ohio Soccer Set to Take on No. 1 Bowling Green in MAC Semifinals on Friday

No. 4 Ohio Soccer Set to Take on No. 1 Bowling Green in MAC Semifinals on Friday

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ATHENS, Ohio --The fourth-seeded Ohio soccer team (9-7-3) continues play at the 2018 Mid-American Conference on Friday, Nov. 2 when the Bobcats take on top-seeded Bowling Green (13-4-2). First touch is set for 7 p.m. in Bowling Green. With a victory, the Bobcats will advance to the finals, taking on either #2 Ball State or #3 Western Michigan on Sunday, Nov. 4. 

The Bobcats surpassed Kent State, 2-1 at Chessa Field on Sunday, Oct. 28 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament to begin post season play. The Bobcats advance to the semifinals of the MAC tournament.  

The Bobcats victory was the first win for Ohio in the MAC Tournament since 2004

Bowling Green is currently, 13-4-2 overall and finished MAC play with a record of 10-1-0, helping them wrap up the number one seed in this year's tournament. 

Currently, Bowling Green is averaging 2.11 goals per game on 334 shots for a.120 shot percentage. They have also registered 159 shots on goal, giving them a .476 shots on goal percentage. After 19 games, they are averaging 17.58 shots per game, and 39 total assists.

Leading the team for Bowling Green is Erica Hubert who has 12 goals and nine assists for 33 points and a .495 shots on goal percentage. Next, Chelsee Washington who has 27 points on nine goals and nine assists for the Falcons. Nikki Cox and Maureen Kennedy follow closely behind Washington. Cox has 18 points on eight goals and two assists with a .571 shot on goal percentage while Kennedy has 17 points on four goals and nine assists with a .550 shot on goal percentage. 

In net, Kathleen Duwve has played 19 games, allowing 12 goals and making 71 saves, while holding a .855 save percentage for the Falcons. 

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

The Bobcats and Falcons last met just a few weeks ago on Sunday, Oct. 14, where Ohio fell to Bowling Green, 3-1 in regular season play. 

If the Bobcats defeat Bowling Green in the semifinal game on Friday, Ohio will face the winner of the Ball State and Western Michigan matchup on Sunday, Nov. 4. In preparation, scouting reports on both teams are as followed.

Ball State is currently, 13-3-2 overall and finished the MAC season, 9-2-1 and captured the No. 2 seed in this year's tournament. The Cardinals are coming off of a 2-1 overtime victory against Buffalo in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28. 

Overall, Ball State has 28 goals and registered 18 assists. Leading the team is Tatiana Mason who has scored six goals, registered three assists and has a total of 15 points. Next is Paula Guerrero who has 10 points, three goals and four assists. 

In net, Tristin Stuteville has allowed 14 goals and has made 62 saves for a .816 save percentage. 

Western Michigan is 14-6 overall and finished MAC play 7-4 to secure the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Broncos defeated Akron, 1-0, in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28. 

Overall, the Broncos have scored 37 goals and registered 32 assists over the course of the season. 

Leading WMU is Grace Labadie who registered 20 total points, scoring five goals and recording 10 assists. Alyssa Burke recorded 17 points, scoring five goals with seven assists, while Hannah Kahn scored five goals and six assists for 16 points. 

In net, Hannah Sargent has allowed 26 goals while making 81 saves for a .757 save percentage. 

Ohio leads the all-time series against Ball State, 11-7-4.

Ohio leads the all-time series against Western Michigan, 11-7-5. 

The Bobcats and Cardinals last met earlier in conference play on Sept. 30, where the game ended in a 2-2 tie. 

Ohio and the Broncos last met on Oct. 21, with the Bobcats coming away with the 2-0 victory. 

The Bobcats are 9-7-3 overall and finished 6-3-2 in the MAC, wrapping up the fourth seed and a home game in the tournament for the first time since 2009. 

As a team, Ohio has scored 24 goals on 272 attempts for a .088 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 139 shots on goal, for a .511 shots on goal percentage.  

Leading Ohio is Alivia Milesky, who has scored six goals and two assists for 14 points this season. Next is Sydney Leckie and Abby Townsend all with 12 total points. Madelyn Kah finished currently has 10 points, while Sarina Dirrig has four goals and one assists for nine points. 

In net, Ohio keepers, have allowed 21 goals and have made 113 saves. Erin Beurket has played 468 minutes, allowing eight goals and making 30 saves. Sydney Malham has played 1,329 minutes, allowing 14 goals and making 57 saves for an .814 save percentage. 

Ohio finished the regular season ranked fifth in the MAC in shots (256) and is fourth in assists per game (1.33). The Bobcats tied for third in shutouts (7) and sixth in saves (4.56)

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

The Bobcats are 7-16 all-time in the MAC tournament, and prior to last Sunday's victory, had not made it to the semifinals since 2004. 

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

Prior to the victory on Oct. 28, 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. 

Five members of the Ohio soccer team were named to the 2018 All-MAC Teams. Alivia Milesky, Maria Collica and Mandy Arnzen earned a spot on the All-MAC Second team, while Olivia Sensky and Abby Townsend were named to the All-Freshman Team. 

It is the first time since 2016 multiple Bobcats were named to the All-MAC Teams, and the first time since 2007 that three Bobcats have earned the honor in the same year.  

It is the fourth-straight year that the Bobcats have had at least one named to the All-Freshman Team, and the first time since 2006 that two Bobcats have earned that honor in the same season.

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), Taylor 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.  

With a win on Friday, the Bobcats would advance to the finals on Sunday, Nov. 4 against either #2 Ball State or #3 Western Michigan. 


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