Shots (on goal)
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women’s soccer team (1-2-0) continues the 2016 regular season on the road Friday, Sept. 2 when the Bobcats battle in-state rival Cleveland State (2-2-0). First kick is set for 7 p.m. at Krenzler Field.
PREVIEWING THE GAME
LAST TIME OUT
On a hot and humid day at Chessa Field, Ohio would drop a heartbreaker to High Point (3-0-1), falling to the Panthers 2-1 on a penalty kick with five minutes to go in the first overtime.
Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) would make the Panthers work, taking the next five shots for the Bobcats. Hueber’s hard work would pay off in the 15th minute when Hueber received the ball from Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) and push it past the right side of the keeper. The goal was the first for Hueber in Bobcat uniform and her first of the season, giving Ohio the 1-0 lead.
The Panthers would force Cordoba to make a save in the 53rd minute, however the Bobcats would respond with a shot of their own when Milesky sailed a shot high in the 56th minute.
High Point would even the game up in the 84th minute when the Panthers executed a free kick and Callyn Loughrey would score the equalizer to tie the game at 1-1. The Bobcats were aggressive for the remainder of regulation but were not able to convert before the game would end in a 1-1 tie.
It would take a little more than four minutes into the first overtime for the game to end, with High Point’s Kelsey Perrell executing a penalty kick to give the Panthers the 2-1 win.
Overall, Ohio outshot the Panthers 14-12, with Hueber registering five shots, two of them on goal. Eades registered four total shots, with three on goal. Milesky, Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.) Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio), Curry and Jugulion all registered one shot each.
Cordoba would register six saves on eight shots faced, allowing two goals in 97 minutes.
LIFETIME AGAINST CLEVELEND STATE
The Bobcats lead the overall series with the Vikings 3-3-2.
The last time the two squads faced, Cleveland State came out on top with a 2-0 victory at Chessa Field. The Viking’s Vicki Havas and Elise Sailors would score both goals for Cleveland State.
Cleveland State is also 2-6 all-time against Mid-American Conference rival, Akron.
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Cleveland State (2-2-0) opened the season with four straight matches on the road, dropping contests at Howard and George Washington. The Vikings would earn wins over Canisius and Niagara this past weekend on Sept. 19th and Sept. 21st.
In exhibition contest, Cleveland State would post a 4-2 overtime loss to Buffalo on Aug. 10th and a 4-2 loss to Kent State on Aug. 14th. Both matches were on the road against Mid-American Conference competition.
In the Viking’s four games this season, the squad has tallied six goals with 1.5 goals per-game. Cleveland State has also recorded a .167 shot percentage with nine shots per game.
Leading the way for the Vikings is Aliani Lorenzo, the freshman has scored two goals on the season, one assist for five points as well as six total shots with a .333 shot percentage. Teammate Kaila Sargema has recorded two goals and eight shots as well as a .250 shot percentage and four points.
Cleveland State is currently first in goals in the Horizon League with six total as well as goals per game with an average of 1.5. The Vikings are also tied for the third spot in both assists and assists per game in the league.
The Vikings have 18 letter winners from last year’s squad returning to the field.
In goal for the Vikings is Jamie Daniels. Daniels posted a .798 save percentage with 95 saves and five shutouts last year, posting 10 games with at least six saves.
Senior forward, Kila Sargema returns for Cleveland State this year after earning second team All-Horizon League honors in each of the last two years. Sargema led the team in goals with six and points with 14 last season.
In 2015, Cleveland State finished the season going 8-10-1 and finished 4-6-0 in the Horizon League. The Vikings produced five shutouts and secured four wins at home.
Sydney Leckie is currently leading the way for the Bobcats with one goal, six shots and three shots on goal at the start of the season. Remi Eades has six shots on the season with one assist and a .50 shot percentage. Alivia Milesky, Bryce Hueber and Allie Curry have all tallied four shots while Curry also has one goal registered for Ohio. Katie McCurley currently has one goal and two shots on the season.
CURRENT MAC STANDINGS
Ohio is currently fifth in shots with 40 total and an average of 13.33 shots per game. The Bobcats are tied for the fifth spot in goals with Buffalo, Bowling Green, Miami and Western Michigan all with four on the season. The Bobcats are also tied in the fifth spot in goals per game with Miami and Western Michigan all registering a 1.33 average.
Ohio is tied for fourth in the MAC in saves with 17, averaging 5.67 saves per game. The Bobcats are also eighth in corners with 12 on the season.
EARLY ON SUCCESS
- Ohio’s win against Dayton was the program’s first ever win against the Flyers. Prior to last Sunday’s win, Dayton held a 6-0 advantage over the Bobcats.
- Ohio’s 1-1 start to open the season, is the first time since 2011 that the Bobcats are 1-1 to begin the season.
- The Bobcats’ four goals through the first three games this season has already out numbered the amount scored through the first five of last season (two).
FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT
So far this season, freshmen have made an impact early on. Freshman Sydney Leckie is leading the team with shots and shots on goal while scoring a goal and registering two points for the Bobcats.
Alivia Milesky is also at the top of the leaders with four shots and Remi Eades has registered an assist for Ohio.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Alexis Milesky is now tied for eighth all time in goals at Ohio with 14 career goals.
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 host Marshall on Friday, Sept. 9 for a battle with The Herd. First-kick is set for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field.