ATHENS, Ohio — Eight members of the Ohio women's soccer team have been named to the 2017 Academic All-MAC team, the Mid-American Conference announced today. Erin Beurket, Allie Curry, Courtney Daugerdas, Hannah Jaggers, Sydney Leckie, Katie McCurley, Alivia Milesky and Rianna Reese all earned the honor.
"I'm very proud of each one of these individuals," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "We know that each individual in our program strives to be her very best in the classroom and on the field. This award is a testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment to both school and soccer. They follow a long tradition of Bobcats earning this recognition."
Junior Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) sports a 3.240 GPA and got the majority of the playing time as the lead goalkeeper this season. She registered 17 goals allowed and 54 saves for a 1.30 goal against average and .761 save percentage through 1,173 minutes and 15 games. The communication studies major recorded one shutout on the season and was one part of the duo that helped Ohio place sixth in the MAC for goals allowed average (1.18).
Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) earned a 3.363 GPA in her and is pursuing a degree in sociology criminology and anthropology. The senior forward led the Bobcat squad in offense and is the main contributor to the team's 23 goals, putting in seven goals on the season and assisting in another two. Curry put 17 shots on goal through 41, earning one game winning goal and was able beat the keeper twice on penalties. Curry played in all 20 matches this season for Ohio. She tied for third in the MAC for points with 12 while also tying for fourth in points per game with 1.09. The Fairfield, Ohio native tied for third in the conference for goals with 5 and fourth in goals per game with 0.45 whiling averaging 73.4 minutes per game.
Sophomore Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ohio) studies finance and sports a 3.789 GPA. Daugerdas was a lock-down winger for Ohio this season. Averaging 43.15 minutes per game and playing in all 20 games while starting seven, Daugerdas registered one goal and one assist. She put five of her 11 shots on goal, earning a 0.45 shot percentage. Daugerdas was part of the Bobcat squad that made 23 goals and 23 assists for 69 points. She also contributed to the Bobcat's 0.49 shot percentage for the season.
Senior Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) earned a 3.880 GPA and had the second-most goals for the Bobcats this season. Starting 19 of her 20 matches, Jaggers put up five goals through 1238 minutes, putting 25 of 50 shots on goal. The early childhood education major registered three game-winning goals in her 61.9 minutes per game. Jaggers' five goals tied for eighth in the conference and goals per game while her three game-winners tied for third in the MAC.
Sophomore Sydney Leckie registered a 3.758 GPA and is focusing on child and family studies. The Medina, Ohio native played in 19 games for Ohio and set up most of the Bobcats' goals, earning seven assists through the season in her 82.7 minutes per game. Leckie registered 13 shots on goal through 25 shots. Her assist numbers have her tied for third in the MAC. An effective lock-down winger like her teammate Courtney Daugerdas, Leckie was the main contributor to the 23 assists that Ohio put up this season.
Senior Katie McCurley (Lake Zurich, Ill.) sports a 3.742 GPA and is majoring in biological sciences. Playing in 11 games for 11 minutes per match for Ohio, McCurley contributed to the Bobcat defense that held the opposition to a 0.41 shot on goal percentage and 24 goals against.
Sophomore Alivia Milesky earned a 3.633 GPA and is focusing on mid-moderate education needs and coaching education. Milesky was one of three Bobcats to put up two goals on the season. The Plain City, Ohio native also registered two assists,16 shots on goal and 28 shots while averaging 83.2 minutes per match. Milesky dominated the midfield and never took the foot off the gas through all 19 appearances and 16 starts this year.
Junior Rianna Reese (Liberty Township, Ohio) has a 3.985 GPA and was a brick wall for the Bobcats. The psychology and biological sciences major was one of two Ohio players to start in all 20 matches in the season, averaging 89.6 minutes per game. Playing as the central man on the back line, Reese rarely saw opportunities in the final third but did put up one shot. A captain for Ohio, Reese greatly helped in limiting opponents to 24 goals allowed while holding them to a 0.41 shot on goals percentage.
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.