CLEVELAND â Seven members of the Ohio womenâs soccer team have been named to the 2016 Academic All-MAC Team, the Mid-American Conference announced today. Allie Curry, Celeste Fushimi-Karns, Hannah Jaggers, Katie McCurley, Alexis Milesky, Rianna Reese and Mollie Whitacre all earned the honor.
âI am very proud of the accomplishment of these student athletes,â head coach Aaron Rodgers said. âTo combine academic excellence with athletic achievement is the goal of all student athletes. Our entire program has been so dedicated to creating an environment that hard work on and off the field is encouraged and celebrated; I am proud of the entire team. An additional congratulations goes out to Rianna Reese for being only one of eleven MAC soccer student athletes to a have 4.0 GPA. I know she is a great example of what our program stands for.â
Junior Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) sports a 3.287 GPA and proved to be the biggest off the bench offensive threat for the Bobcats this season. Overall on the season, Curry scored three goals and registered 10 shots on goal for a .556 shots on goal percentage. The Criminology major also registered two assists and eight points on the season while also scoring one game-winning goal. The Fairfield, Ohio native played in all 18 games and started six of them while recording 36.6 minutes per game. In conference play, Curry scored two goals and registered two assists for four points.
Junior Fushimi-Karns (Dublin, Ohio), a Communication Sciences and Disorders major, sports a 3.431 GPA. She registered her first career goal for the Bobcats during the 2016 season, scoring against Miami on Oct. 23. Overall in 15 games played, Fushimi-Karns scored one goal and registered two shots on goal. She started in nine games and averaged 65.9 minutes a game. In conference play, Fushimi-Karns recorded on goal and two points. She was on the field for an Ohio defensive squad that registered two shutouts and only allowed an opponent to score more than two goals once during the season. Fushimi-Karns also helped give the Ohio offense a chance to win games helping send Ohio to seven overtime games.
Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.), a junior Early Childhood Education major, sports a 3.887 GPA and proved to be an offensive spark off the bench for the Bobcats during most of the season. Overall on the season, Jaggers registered 26 total shots, with nine of them on goal in 13 games played. Jaggers started five game and recorded one goal and one assist for a total of three points during the season. In conference play, Jaggers led the team in shots with 26 and registered her one goal in conference play. On Oct. 16 at CMU, Jaggers registered the game-tying goal with 24 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Jaggers also registered a .346 shots on goal percentage while playing 40.8 minutes a game.
McCurley (Lake Zurich, Ill.), a junior Biological Studies major, registers a 3.634 GPA. She contributed to the Bobcats during the 2016 season, scoring her first career goal and registering two points during the season. She played in 17 games for Ohio and started 10 of them, registering four shots overall with two of them on goal for a .500 shots on goal percentage. Her first career goal came against Butler in the season opener on Aug. 19.
Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), an Integrated Sciences major, sports a 3.736 GPA. She concluded her senior season as a Bobcat, finishing the season with three goals, one assist and seven total points on the season. Milesky registered 11 shots on goal for a .611 shots on goal percentage. Milesky played in 17 games for Ohio and started 16 of them and played an average of 78.4 minutes a game. Milesky also registered one game-winning goal on the season. In conference play, Milesky scored one goal and registered two points. Mileskyâs biggest game of the season came on Sept. 2 against Cleveland State when she scored two goals against in Ohioâs 5-0 thumping of the Vikings.
Reese (Liberty Township, Ohio), a sophomore Pre Professional Biology major, registers a 4.0 GPA. She continued her powerful defense to her sophomore season. She was also on the field for an Ohio defensive squad that registered two shutouts and only allowed an opponent to score more than two goals once during the season. Reese also helped give the Ohio offense a chance to win games helping send Ohio to seven overtime games. Reese played in all 18 games for Ohio and started all 18 of them, averaging 94.3 minutes a game.
Whitacre (Perrysville, Ohio), a senior Economics and Computer Science major, registered a 3.277 GPA. She was a force on the field for Ohio during the season. The senior played in all 18 games for the Bobcats and started all of them while averaging 93.4 minutes a game. She added two assists for the Bobcats and registered one shot on goal during the year. In conference play, Whitacre had two assists and two points for Ohio. Whitacre was also on the field for an Ohio defensive squad that registered two shutouts and only allowed an opponent to score more than two goals once during the season. Whitacre also helped give the Ohio offense a chance to win games by taking corner kicks for the Bobcats and helping send Ohio to seven overtime games.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.