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@OhioWSoccer Hits the Road for Two at EMU and CMU

@OhioWSoccer Hits the Road for Two at EMU and CMU

Oct. 13, 2016

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ATHENS, Ohio –
The Ohio women’s soccer team (3-9-1, 1-5 MAC) wraps up the road portion of its 2016 regular season schedule this weekend when they head to Michigan for battles with Mid-American Conference West foes Eastern Michigan (4-8-2, 2-4-0) and Central Michigan (12-1-1, 4-1-1 MAC). Ohio takes on EMU on Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. and return to the pitch on Sunday Oct. 16 at CMU. First touch is set for 1 p.m.

PREVIEWING THE MATCHES
 

 

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio last saw action against Akron (3-9-2, 0-4-2 MAC) where the Bobcats came out on top over the Zips is a 4-1 victory at Chessa Field. The outing featured goals from four different Bobcats. Mollie Whitacre lobbed in a ball over the Zips’ back line that found Allie Curry who went on to place it left post past Akron’s Annabelle Hegemamn. The goal was Curry’s third on the season.

Minutes later Ohio struck again. After being fouled in the box, Megan Niebuhr was awarded the penalty kick and calmly placed it right of the keeper to put Ohio up 2-0 at the 38-minute mark. The goal was Niebuhr’s second for the season.

Akron answered two minutes later when Chloe Allen found space in midfield from a well-placed pass from Shea O’Brien and dribbled to just outside the 18-yard box before placing the ball just right of Taylor Smith. Allen’s goal would be the final before halftime.

The Bobcats were able to shutout Akron in the second half. Sydney Leckie recorded her second goal of the season at the 67-minute mark when she received an overhead lob from Alivia Milesky and put it left of Hegeman.

Bryce Hueber slotted Ohio’s final goal of the game in the 83rd minute when she recovered Curry’s rebound from 22 yards out and placed it in the right corner. The goal was Hueber’s third for the season.

Ohio’s win moved Smith’s goalie record to 1-1-0. Ohio went 10-18 in shots-on-goal on the night and Smith made four saves throughout the game.

LIFETIME AGAINST EASTERN MICHIGAN
Ohio is 8-10-4 against Eastern Michigan with the last meeting resulting in a 3-1 loss at Chessa Field where Taylor Smith was in goal for the Bobcats.

EMU opened scoring three minutes into the game when Madison Hirsch shot a ball that reflected off an Ohio defender and rolled into the goal.

Ohio answered five minutes later when Mollie Whitacre slotted one into the right corner from the top of the box off an assist from Carly Manso.

EMU’s next two goals would come in the 54th and 75th minutes. Michelle Rollins was able to roll one past Taylor Smith for Eastern’s second goal and Kristin Nason closed out scoring off an unassisted shot that went bar down into the goal.

Ohio recorded 16 shots against Eastern Michigan and placed eight of them on frame with Carly Manso leading the shot category for Ohio.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Eastern Michigan is 4-8-2 (2-4-0 MAC) this season and is on a two game winning streak, coming off victories against Bowling Green and Toledo. The Eagles won both contests 2-1 with the latter match against Toledo needing to go to overtime to decide a victor.

The team is lead by Ellie Tillar and Sabrina McNeill who’ve both scored four times for the Eagles. The two also have by far the most shots-on-goal for the team with Tillar going 18-33 and McNeill going 21-40.

In EMU’s most recent outing against Toledo, McNeill scored twice, the second goal being the overtime game winner. She also recorded an assist off Tillar’s only goal in the Bowling Green match.

Top keeper for the Eagles is Kaylin Williams (4-8-2). Williams has a .679 save percentage and a 1.83 goal-against average. Williams has recorded 57 saves this season.

LIFETIME AGAINST CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Ohio is 5-14-1 against the Chippewas. The Bobcats last saw the Chippewas in October 2015 where Ohio fell 2-1.

Central Michigan opened scoring in the 40th minute when Jordan Young recorded an unassisted goal off a shot into the right upper 90.

Ohio answered in the 52nd minute when Hannah Jaggers scored off a breakaway chance where she finished top the left side of Central’s Zoie Reed.

The final goal came in the 74th minute when Eliza Van de Kerkhove received a pass from Madison Pogarch and placed her shot toward the right post.

Taylor Smith was in goal for Ohio and recorded one save. The Bobcats took eight shots, two of which were on frame. Holly Harris and Alexis Milesky were shot leaders for Ohio with both ladies taking two each.

SCOUTING THE CHIPPEWAS
Central Michigan is 12-1-1 (4-1-1 MAC) and comes off a two game winning streak against Toledo and Bowling Green prior to their match against Kent State on Oct. 14. The Chippewas shutout Toledo 3-0 and came out over Bowling Green 2-1(OT).

Madison Costner was leading goal scorer in the match against the Rockets, recording two goals. Costner’s goals both came in the second half in the 44th and 52nd minutes. Alexis Pelafas also scored in the contest, recording her unassisted goal in the 4th minute off an assist from Van de Kerkhove. Kristen Knutson was in goal for Central Michigan and recorded four saves on the night.

Scorers in the Chippewas’ match against the Falcons were again Costner and Pelafas. Pelafas goal came in the 87th minute off an assist from Van de Kerkhove, eight minutes after BGSU’s Maureen Kennedy’s goal, to tie the game at 1-1 to send things to overtime. Costner earned the overtime winner at the 99 minute mark off an assist from Pelafas. Knutson was in goal for Central Michigan and recorded four saves.

TEAM LEADERS
Remi Eades is currently leading the way for the Bobcats with two goals, 27 shots and 16 shots on goal as well as two assists. Sydney Leckie has two goals, 21 shots with two assists while Bryce Hueber leads the team in goals and points with three goals, two assists, and 21 shots and eight points on the season. Alexis Milesky has recorded two goals on 14 shots and seven shots on goal. Courtney Daugerdas has also recorded two goals this season on four shots. Allie Curry has three goals one assist and seven points on the season and Megan Niebuhr has two goals.

Alivia Milesky, Madelyn Kah and Megan Niebuhr have all added on goal for Ohio.

In goal for Ohio, Erin Beurket has recorded 697:45 minutes total in the net registering 45 saves for a .776 percentage and going 1-6-1 while in goal. Taylor Smith is 1-1-0 in 239 minutes with a 1.13 goals against average.

CURRENT MAC STANDINGS
Ohio is currently eighth in shots with 12.23 per game. The Bobcats are in the fifth spot in goals with 19 on the season. The Bobcats are seventh in goals per game with 146. Ohio is now eighth in assists with 12 on the season.

Ohio remains second in the MAC in saves, averaging 5.54 saves per. The Bobcats are tied for sixth in corners with 3.92 per game on the season.

NOTEABLES
- Ohio’s win against Dayton was the program’s first ever win against the Flyers. Prior to the Aug. 21 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’ 19 goals through the first 13 games this season has already out numbered the amount scored all of last season (17).


-Ohio’s five goals against CSU was the first time since 2013 that Ohio scored five goals in a game.

-Ohio’s 5-0 win was the largest margin of victory in Aaron Rodgers career at Ohio.


-The 5-0 shutout against CSU was the first Bobcat shutout since Sept. 25, 2015 at Buffalo.
-Ohio’s 4-1 win against Akron was the second most goals they have scored this season, and the most in a make game since Oct. 18, 2015 when they scored four goals against Akron.

FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT
So far this season, freshmen have made an impact early on. Remi Eades is leading the team with shots and shots on goal while scoring two goals and registering six points for the Bobcats. Freshman Sydney Leckie has recorded two goals and 21 shots with 15 shots on goal while Courtney Daugerdas has recorded two goals on eight shots. Alivia Milesky is also at the top of the leaders with one goal and three assists on 12 shots.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Alexis Milesky is now tied for seventh all time in goals at Ohio with 16 career goals.

NSCAA TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD
The Ohio women’s soccer team has once again been awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 school year.

The Bobcats earned a 3.42 team grade point average. 

This is the sixth-straight year that the Bobcats have earned the honor, and the fourth time under current head coach, Aaron Rodgers.

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.

RETURNING ‘CATS
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.

YOUNG BLOOD
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).

BRAINIAC ‘CATS
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.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return home for it’s final three games of the regular season starting on Thursday, Oct. 20 when Ohio hosts Ball State. First touch is set for 3 p.m. at Chessa Field. Ohio will then take on Miami on Sunday Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field. That game will also serve as the Bobcats’ annual Senior Day.

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