ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio soccer senior Hannah Jaggers and freshman Sydney Malham swept this week's Mid-American Conference Player of the Week awards, with Jaggers earning Offensive Player of the Week and Malham earning Defensive Player of the Week.
Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) helped lead the Bobcats offensively during the opening weekend of Mid-American Conference play. In total for the weekend, Jaggers scored two goals, both game-winning, on five shots, three shots on goal and registered four points in 112 minutes on the pitch. Her performance helped lead the Bobcats to a 2-0 weekend. The performance helped Ohio start 2-0 in MAC play for the first time since 2007.
On Friday against Eastern Michigan, Jaggers was a force. In 63 minutes, Jaggers registered a total of four shots, two on goal and one goal in Ohio's 2-1 overtime victory. Jaggers goal came at the best time. Just 36 second into the overtime period (just after the Bobcats tied the game with 30 second to go), Jaggers received the ball off a rebound and dribbled the ball and fired it in past the EMU keeper, sending Ohio home with the 2-1 victory. At the time, the goal was Jaggers second of the season and giving Ohio its first win over the Eagles since 2011.
On Sunday, Jaggers registered her second game-winning goal of the weekend. In the ninth minute, Jaggers got the scoring started for the Bobcats when Jaggers received the pass from Allie Curry and fired the ball to the left of the keeper, giving Ohio a 1-0 lead at the time. The Bobcats would go on to shut out CMU, 3-0. Overall, Jaggers recorded one goal, on one shot with it being on goal in 49 minutes of work. That win was the first over CMU since 2008, which was also the last time they shut out CMU.
Malham (Nashville, Tenn.) was a brick wall this past weekend, helping Ohio to a 2-0 weekend to start MAC play. In total, Malham played all 180:36 minutes in net, allowing one goal on 15 shots on goal faced and making 14 saves with one shutout. Malham registered a .933 save percentage and a 0.50 goals against average.
On Friday against Eastern Michigan, Malham held the Eagles scoreless until the 70th minute when EMU took a 1-0 lead. Then Malham held first, keeping Ohio in the game to allow the Bobcats to tie the game late and take the 2-1 OT victory just 36 seconds into the OT period. Overall, Malham saw eight shots on goal, while allowing one goal and making seven saves in 90:36 minutes of work.
On Sunday against CMU, Malham was solid once again. Malham recorded her first career shutout as she held CMU scoreless through 90 minutes. Malham recorded seven saves on seven shots on goal faced, leading Ohio to the 3-0 win.
The Bobcats are back in action this weekend when they head to Ball State on Friday, Sept. 29 and then wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 1 at Miami.