ATHENS, Ohio— The Ohio women's soccer team (3-4-0) plays its final nonconference matchup on Friday, Sept. 15 when the team travels to Dayton to take on the Dayton Flyers (3-4-0). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baujan Field.
Head coach Aaron Rodgers is looking forward to the matchup, saying that he is very excited for the game and is looking forward to the result.
Dayton has two threats in Alexis Kiehl (three goals, one assist, tied for second in A10 for points) and Micayla Livingston (three goals, two assists, tied for fifth in A10 in points) but Rodgers isn't worried about them, focusing instead of his teams' play and relying on their game plan.
"They are both very good players and people we should be aware of. But if we defend as an entire group I like our chances to get a good result," Rodgers said.
Ohio is coming off of a tough and physical weekend against Marshall and Kentucky.
Friday's contest was a defensive test for both the Bobcats and the Thundering Herd, unfortunately Ohio would fall 1-0. The game ended with the Bobcats registering 14 shots,. six SOG, five saves, seven fouls, three corners and four offsides to Marshall's 16 shots, six SOG, six saves, 11 fouls, three corners and three offsides.
Sunday's match saw Ohio battle a strong SEC opponent in the Kentucky Wildcats, with the Bobcats falling 3-0. After the final whistle, Ohio had six shots, three SOG, four fouls, one corner and six saves to Kentucky's 19 shots, nine SOG, eight fouls, six corners and three saves.
LAST TIME AGAINST DAYTON
Ohio last saw Dayton in last year's campaign where the Bobcats topped the Flyers 2-1 in August. Allie Curry (one shot, one shot on goal) and Sydney Leckie (three shots, three on goal) scored in Ohio's victory; Remi Eades and Bryce Hueber assisted respectively. Leckie opened scoring six minutes into the first half when she received the ball from the right side of the 18-yard box and slotted it past Dayton's Kaelyn Johns. Curry's goal was nine minutes later when she drew out Johns and flicked it past her. Dayton's lone goal came unassisted from Kiehl (six shots, two shots on goal) who beat Ohio's Vanessa Cordoba to the left in the 22nd minute. The Bobcats finished the match with 17 shots, seven shots on goal, one goal allowed and six saves to the Flyers' 12 shots, seven shots on goal, two goals allowed and five saves. Johns and Cordoba each played the full 90 minutes in net.
The Flyers are coming off a mixed result weekend where they topped Akron on Friday, Sept. 8 3-2 in Akron before traveling to Kent State on Sunday and losing 0-1. Kiehl scored twice against the Zips, registering seven shots and four shots on goal. Livingston recorded one as well for Dayton. Finishing with one shot and one shot on goal. Johns stood in net for the Flyers, earning two saves and two goals allowed. Sunday's match saw Dayton earned two yellow cards in the 58th and 60th minutes by Keagin Collie and Quincy Kellett. Johns was again in net and recorded six saves and one goal allowed. In total, the Flyers put up 10 shots with four on goal.
Leading goal scorer this season is Livingston who has eight points (three goals, two assists) in 521 minutes with 10 shots and six shots on goal. Kiehl is also leading the pack with seven points (three goals, one assist) in 558 minutes, putting p 19 shots with seven on goal. Johns has been Dayton's lone goalkeeper, earning a 3-4-0 record (two shutouts) while registering a 1.42 GAA with 10 goals allowed and 32 saves through 633 minutes.
Allie Curry, and Alivia Milesky each have four points so far in the season while Hannah Jaggers, Bryce Hueber and Sydney Leckie each have two. Leading scorer is Curry with two while Jaggers, Hueber and Milesky each have one.
In goal, Erin Beurket and Sydney Malham have both split time in net with Beurket (0-2-0, 1,34 GAA) playing 329 minutes and Malham (1-1-0, 0.57 GAA) playing 315 minutes. The two goalkeepers have only allowed seven goals so far.
IN THE MAC
The Bobcats sit third in the MAC East behind Bowling Green and Kent State. Ohio is tied for fourth in shots with 99, tied for fourth in goals allowed with seven and has the third best GAA with 0.97. Hannah Jaggers is third in the MAC in shots with 22 while Sydney Malham has the best GAA with 0.57 through six games.
The Bobcats open Mid-American Conference play on Friday, Sept. 23 when the Bobcats play host to Eastern Michigan. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field. The Bobcats will then host Central Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 24. Game time is set for 1 p.m. and the Bobcats will be celebrating their 20th anniversary.