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@OhioWSoccer Begins Three-Game Home Stand

@OhioWSoccer Begins Three-Game Home Stand

Oct. 19, 2016

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women's soccer team begins a three-game home stand to conclude the regular season this weekend when the Bobcats host Ball State (12-2-2, 7-0-1) and Miami (8-5-2, 5-1-2). Ohio takes on Ball State on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at Chessa Field and Miami Sunday, Oct. 23. First touch is set for 1 p.m. and will serve as Ohio's Senior Day.

SENIOR DAY HONORS
Following Sunday's match, the Bobcats will honor their five seniors who have contributed to the program. This year's seniors are, Natalie Estes, Brooke Kemerer, Alexis Milesky, Kinsey Swartztrauber and Mollie Whitacre.

PREVIEWING THE MATCHES



LAST TIME OUT
Ohio last saw action against Central Michigan (13-1-2, 5-1-2 MAC) where the Bobcats fell to the Chippewas in a 2-1 double overtime loss in Mount Pleasant, Mich. The outing featured a hard fought battle from the Bobcats, outshooting the Chippewas 23-13. Central Michigan registered the first shot of the game in the third minute that was saved by Erin Beurket.

It did not take long for Ohio to get its footing on the pitch, with Remi Eades registering Ohio's first two shots. The first came in the fourth minute off a header that was saved by the CMU keeper. The next one came a minute later, when she rocketed a ball towards the net and it was blocked by the CMU defense.

The Bobcats continued to pressure the CMU defense in the 14th minute, when Bryce Hueber fired her first shot of the game.

Central Michigan registered a shot in the 21st minute that was the last shot they got in the first half. A header goal by Alexis Pelafas in the 63rd minute put Central Michigan ahead 1-0. As time was running out, Ohio's fight paid off, as a shot by Hannah Jaggers made the back of the net, tying the game at 1-1 with just 24 seconds remaining and sent the game into overtime.

Ohio controlled the first overtime, when Jaggers came out and got the first two shots of extra time, both of which were blocked. CMU got a shot off in the 97th minute and then Jaggers got another shot for Ohio in the 99th minute that was once again blocked.

Central Michigan got the first shot off in the 105th minute, and it was all CMU needed, as Pelafas got her second goal of the game, giving CMU a 2-1 win. Ohio recorded six shots on goal, while Jaggers led the way with eight shots and a goal. Eades registered four shots with one on goal.

In net, Beurket allowed two goals and made five saves in 104 minutes of action.

LIFETIME AGAINST BALL STATE
Ohio is 10-6-3 against Ball State with the last meeting resulting in a 2-1 loss in Muncie, Ind. where Taylor Smith was in goal for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats struck first early on, taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute when Stephanie Rowland scored off a back shot by Hannah Jaggers.

Ball State responded in the 24th minute when Lorina White scored when the ball deflected off of keeper Taylor Smith's hands, tying the game at 1-1.

The teams remained tied for the majority of the second half, however Ball State took the lead when Chelsy Swackhamer connected on a penalty kick, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead and victory.

Overall, Ohio registered 10 shots with four of them on goal. Holly Harris led the team with three total shots with two of them on goal. Jaggers and Rowland each added two shots, Rowland adding two on goal and a goal. Celeste Fushimi-Karns, Carly Manso and Madelyn Kah all had one shot.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Ball State is 12-2-2 (7-0-1 MAC) this season and is on a 10 game unbeaten streak, coming off victories from Toledo, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. The Cardinals scored two goals in each of those victories and allowed two goals in all 10 games of the streak combined.

Alyssa Heintschel provided clutch play in goal to earn the win against Toledo. She finished the day with five saves, including some finger-tip deflections that kept Toledo off the scoreboard for most of the game. She has 36 saves on the season and a record of 8-1-2.

Leading their game against Toledo was Gabby Veldman (5 shots, one goal), Emily Scott (one shot, one goal), Shannon Greeley (three shots on goal, one assist) and Chay McNitt (one shot, one goal).

Ball State has a powerful freshman class in right back Yela Ziswiler, who has started every game, forward Sam Kambol, who owns four goals, and midfielder Julia Elvbo, who has scored three times and helped the Cardinals control games.

LIFETIME AGAINST MIAMI
Ohio is 8-14-1 against the RedHawks. The Bobcats last saw Miami in October 2015 where Ohio fell 1-0.

The Bobcats started off firing early, with Megan Niebuhr registering the first shot of the game in the fifth minute off a blocked header. A minute later, Alexis Milesky got the second shot that sailed wide of the goal.

However, Miami got the first goal on the board in the 35th minute when Korie Sauder put the ball into the right side of the net, allowing the RedHawks to take a 1-0 lead into the half.

In the second half, Hannah Jaggers added a shot for Ohio in the 62nd minute and Milesky added another one in the 83rd minute.

The Bobcat defense held Miami scoreless in the second half, however the RedHawks would come away with the 1-0 win.

Overall, Ohio had seven shots, two of them on goal. Leading the Bobcats was Manso with three shots with one on goal and Milesky had two shots with one of them on goal. Jaggers and Niebuhr each added on shot.

Taylor Smith started in goal for the Bobcats, allowing one goal on 10 shots faced, all while registering four saves in her 90 minutes of action.

SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
Miami is 8-5-2 (5-1-2 MAC) and comes off a five game unbeaten streak against Bowling Green, Toledo, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan. Prior to thier tie against Bowling Green, the RedHawks beat Toledo by one goal and shut out Western Michigan.

Olivia Winnett leads Miami in goals, game winning goals and points, while Stephanie Dillon trails in shots and assists. Dillon scored the first goal in the RedHawks victory over Toledo. Kat Zalar leads in shots and shots on goal and took two shots against Bowling Green.

Bianca Medancic netted a goal in the 85th minute against Toledo to send the RedHawks to their fourth-straight victory.

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. While 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 8th 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' 20 goals through the first 15 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 wrap up the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 27 when Ohio hosts Kent State. First touch is set for 3 p.m. at Chessa Field.

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