Shots (on goal)
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women’s soccer team kicks off the 2016 regular season on Friday, Aug. 19 when they head to Indianapolis, Ind. to take on Butler. First kick is set for 7 p.m. in the Butler Bowl. The Bobcats will then host in-state rival Dayton on Sunday, Aug. 21. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. at Chessa Field.
OhioBobcatTV caught up with head coach Aaron Rodgers, senior Mollie Whitacre and junior Celeste Fushimi-Karns to talk about the upcoming weekend.
LAST TIME OUT
The Ohio women’s soccer team took on Valparaiso on Aug. 12 in Valparaiso, Ind. The Bobcats tied the Crusaders 2-2 in its final exhibition match of the preseason.
In the 46th minute, Macey Juguilon would score a goal on a free kick from 25 yards out to the left flank. Shortly after, teammate Sydney Leckie would receive a pass from Hannah Jaggers from the right side to find the net past the goalie to put Ohio up 2-0. In the 61st minute, the Crusaders’ Kelsie Bolerjack scored a goal from cross left. Tahelah Noel would score again for Valparaiso on a long ball shot past the goalie to tie it up at 2-2 in the 77th minute.
Overall, Ohio registered 14 shots including six on goal. Both Remi Eades and Bryce Hueber would record three shots on the day while Leckie and Alivia Milesky tallied two each. Alexis Milesky, Olivia Sency, Jaggers and Juguilon each added one to the Ohio shot total.
All three keepers would see action for the Bobcats, with Vanessa Cordoba and Erin Beurket each playing 30 minutes and did not allow a goal or register a save. Taylor Smith would allow two goals in 30 minutes of action.
LIFETIME AGAINST BUTLER
This will mark the second meeting between the Bobcats and the Bulldogs, with Butler leading the all-time series, 1-0. The last meeting occurred on Aug. 22, 2014, when the Bulldogs came away with a 3-2 victory.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
In 2015, Butler finished the season 16-7-1 overall, with a 6-3 Big East record finishing fourth in the conference. The Bulldogs scored 19 goals in 272 attempts. Butler averaged 14.6 shots per game and 1.54 goals per game.
Butler will return nine starters to the 2016 roster including Second Team All-American Serina Kashimoto and starting goalkeeper Madison Card.
LIFETIME AGAINST DAYTON
This will mark the seventh meeting between the Bobcats and the Flyers, with Dayton leading the all-time series, 6-0. The last meeting occurred on Sept. 19, 2014 when the Flyers came away with a 4-0 win.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton finished the 2015 season going 10-9-1 overall, with an 8-2 record in the Atlantic 10 conference. The Flyers scored a total of 44 goals on 380 attempts. Dayton averaged 19 shots per game and 2.20 goals per game. Head Coach, Mike Tucker secured 300 career wins after the 2015 season.
The Flyer’s Ashley Campbell broke the school record for career goals scored with 63, the two-time A-10 Offensive Player of the Year was named Dayton’s 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year. Back-to-back A-10 Midfielder of the Year in 2014 and 2015, Nicole Waters did the same in career assists with 54 and was also named a Senior CLASS Second Team All-American.
FINDING THE TWINE
The Bobcats finished the 2015 campaign with 17 goals on the season.
MAC PRESEASON POLL
The Bobcats were selected to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division in a vote of the league’s head coaches, it was announced on Aug. 15. The ‘Cats are tabbed to finish ahead of divisional rivals Akron and Bowling Green.
This season, three of the team’s top six goal scorers return in 2016 - including Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio), Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), and Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.). In goal, Taylor Smith (Uniontown, Ohio) is back in the mix and Rianna Reese (Liberty Township) also returns to help slow down the opposition’s attack.
The Bobcats have added seven new student-athletes to the mix this fall, welcoming Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), Olivia Sency (Medina, Ohio), Remi Eades (New Albany, Ohio), Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.), Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) and Alli Miller (Dayton, Ohio).
Nine members of the team were named to the 2015 Academic All-MAC Team and four were named Academic All-Ohio to conclude the season.
CAPTAINING THE BOBCATS
Senior forward Alexis Milesky has been named captain for the 2016 season, with junior Celeste Fushimi-Karns and sophomore Rianna Reese earning the assistant captain title.
BOBCATS ADD A TRANSFER
The Bobcats added transfer Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) to the roster this offseason.
Hueber, a midfielder played two seasons for the Wright State. In 2015 her was named All-Ohio and first-team All Horizon League. The Cincinnati, Ohio native played and started in 19 games and scored six goals with two coming against Youngstown State. She also registered three assists with 62 shots, 25 on goal. She was also responsible for four game winning goals. As a freshman in 2014 she was named to the Horizon League Freshman Team. She played in 17 games with 19 shots on goal three goals and one assist and finished the season with seven total points.
The Bobcats will play host to High Point on Sunday, Aug. 28. First-kick is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.