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@OhioWSoccer Concludes Regular Season Against Kent State

@OhioWSoccer Concludes Regular Season Against Kent State

Oct. 26, 2016


ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women’s soccer team (5-11-1, 3-7 MAC) concludes the regular season this Thursday, Oct. 27 when the Bobcats host Kent State (11-2-2, 7-1-2 MAC). First touch is set for 3 p.m. at Chessa Field.

For the first time since 2008, the Ohio women’s soccer team defeated Miami (8-7-2, 5-3-2 MAC), shutting out the RedHawks 2-0 on Senior Day. Prior to the start of the game, the Bobcats honored their five seniors, Natalie Estes, Brooke Kemerer, Alexis Milesky, Kinsey Swartztrauber and Mollie Whitacre.

The RedHawks opened the contest with the first two shots of the game, getting them off in the second and third minutes.

Ohio’s first shot of the game came in the fifth minute when Alivia Milesky fired the ball high. She got ahold of another ball a few seconds later, firing the ball wide.

Miami got another shot off in the 15th minute, forcing keeper Erin Beurket to make her first save of the game.

Miami recorded the final two shots of the first half. In the 38th minute, Miami registered a header shot that would go wide. Then the final shot of the half came in the 43rd minute, with another shot that went wide, and sent the game into the half tied at 0-0.

In the second half, Alivia Milesky registered the first shot of the second half in the 52nd minute off a header that the Miami keeper saved.

The Bobcats’ offensive push finally capitalized in the 56th minute, when Alexis Milesky received the ball from Hueber in the top right of the box and then fire the ball in the upper right corner of the net, giving Ohio the 1-0 lead.

Then in the 74th minute, Ohio extended its lead when Celeste Fushimi-Karns shot the ball towards the net and it bounced past the diving Ohio keeper, giving Ohio the 2-0 lead. The goal was her first of the season and the first of her career.

Miami registered the final shot of the game, a powerful kick that would force Beurket to make her final save of the game and give the Bobcats the 2-0 shutout of the RedHawks.

Overall, Ohio outshot Miami 19-9 while registering eight shots on goal compared to the RedHawks’ five.

In net, Beurket put together another strong performance, not allowing a goal and making four saves on nine shots faced in 90 minutes of work.

Ohio is 12-10-1 against Kent State, the last time they beat the Golden Flashes was in 2009. The last meeting resulted in a 1-0 loss at Dix Stadium in Ohio’s regular season closer last year.

In the first half, Ohio registered five shots, two of them on goal. Carly Manso led the team in shots with two and one of them on goal. Natalie Estes registered one shot with one of them on goal. Hannah Jaggers and Stephanie Rowland each registered one shot. Keeper Taylor Smith recorded six saves.

In the first half, Kent State registered 14 shots, with six of them on goal.

The Bobcats entered the second half fighting, however Kent State broke the tie in the 60th minute when Jenna Hellstrom scored to give the Flashes a 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats battled through the remaining 30 minutes of play, creating a number of chances, however it wasn’t enough and they fell by the final of 1-0.

Overall, Ohio registered 12 shots with three of them on goal. Manso finished the game with four shots, one of them on goal to lead the Bobcats. Jaggers finished with three shots, Estes recorded two shots with one on goal and Rowland, Mollie Whitacre and Holly Harris all finished with one shot.

Smith finished the game with 10 saves on 11 shots on goal faced, allowing one goal in 90 minutes of action.

Kent State is 11-2-2 (7-1-2 MAC) this season and is coming off a 2-1 loss to Ball State. Prior to the loss, the Golden Flashes were on a 13 game, unbeaten streak. Kent State leads the MAC East division.

The team is led by senior Jenna Hellstrom who has 13 goals on the season. She leads the MAC in points, points per game, assists and assister per game.

Hellstrom scored the only goal for the Golden Eagles against Ball State, and recorded at least one goal in nine of their 15 games this season. She recorded a goal in 8 of the teams’ 11 wins this season. She set a Kent State record for career goals, which is now at 36.

Top keeper for Kent State is Ashleah McDonald (10-2-2). McDonald has a .800 save percentage and a .77 goal-against average. McDonald has recorded 44 saves this season.

Bryce Hueber leads the Bobcats with four goals on the season, three assists and 11 total points. Next on the squad is Alivia Milesky who has three goals, three assists and nine points on the season.

Allie Curry registered three goals and two assists for eight points, while Alexis Milesky has three goals, one assist and seven points for Ohio.

In goal for Ohio, Erin Beurket has recorded 981:51 minutes total in the net registering 59 saves for a .787 percentage and going 3-7-1 while in goal.

Ohio is currently sixth in shots with 12.94 per game. The Bobcats are in the fifth spot in goals with 25 on the season. The Bobcats are fifth in goals per game with 1.47. Ohio is now tied for 9th in assists with 17 on the season.

Ohio is fourth in the MAC in saves, averaging 5.24 saves per. The Bobcats are tenth in corners with 3.71 per game on the season.

- Keeper Erin Beurket was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her performance the week of Oct. 17.
- Ohio has scored 25 goals through 17 games this season. That is the most since 2004 when they scored 23 through 19 games.
- Ohio has not beaten Kent State since 2009, when they won 1-0 in overtime.
- 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’ 25 goals through the first 17 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.

- Alexis Milesky is now seventh all time in goals at Ohio with 17 career goals.
- Ohio defeated Miami for the 1st time since 2008. The Bobcats shut them out, 2-0; they had not shut out the RedHawks since 2004.

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.

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.

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.

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 postseason chances will be decided after the conclusion of Thursday’s games. Stay tuned to ohiobobcats.com for more information.