ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Athletics is back in action for a busy weekend of events in Athens. Fans will have seven chances to see the Bobcats at home this coming weekend, including football at Peden Stadium, two soccer matches, two fields hockey matches and two volleyball matches.
The football team (2-4, 1-1 MAC) plays host to an important Mid-American Conference East Division matchup on Saturday (Oct. 19) as first-place Kent State (3-3, 2-0 MAC) visits Peden Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon ET. Fans can purchase tickets here.
The swimming and diving team begins the 2019-20 regular season on Friday (Oct. 18) when it heads to Lexington, Ky. for a tri-meet with Kentucky and South Carolina. The meet is set to start at 11 a.m. ET.
The field hockey team (6-5, 3-1 MAC) is back in Athens for two matches starting Friday when the Bobcats host MAC foe Ball State (3-10, 1-2 MAC) at 3 p.m. ET at Pruitt Field. The squad concludes its weekend on Sunday (Oct. 20) when it hosts Big Ten Conference opponent Indiana (4-9, 1-5 Big 10). First touch is set for 11 a.m. ET at Pruitt Field.
The soccer team (7-6-1, 2-3-1 MAC) concludes its regular season home schedule starting Friday against Central Michigan (7-7-, 4-2-0 MAC). First touch is set for 4 p.m. ET at Chessa Field. The first 100 student will receive free Rufus socks. The team wraps up its weekend on Sunday when it takes on Eastern Michigan (3-9-2, 2-4-0 MAC) in a Senior Day matchup. First touch is set for 1 p.m. ET. Fans will also receive free sunglasses.
The volleyball team (12-7, 4-2 MAC) is back inside the Convocation Center starting Friday when it faces off in a MAC battle with Ball State (10-8, 4-2 MAC). First serve is set for 7 p.m. ET. The match will serve as Ohio's Dig Pink match, and pink rally towels will be handed out to all fans. The squad wraps up the weekend on the court on Saturday against Toledo (7-11, 0-6 MAC) at 6 p.m. ET. Fans who attended the Bobcats' football game against Kent State will be able to exchange their football ticket for admittance into the volleyball match. Fans can purchase tickets here.
The men's and women's cross country teams are both back in action this weekend when they head to Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday for 2019 Pre-Nationals.
Reminder that admittance to field hockey and soccer is FREE to all fans. Fans looking for purchase tickets for football and volleyball can do so here.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 | vs. Kent State | Noon ET | Peden Stadium | Athens, Ohio | CBS Sports Network | Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College | TuneIn | Live Stats | Game Notes | Tickets
The football team is coming off of a heartbreaking 39-36 Homecoming loss to MAC West Division foe Northern Illinois last Saturday (Oct. 12) at Peden Stadium. Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) threw two touchdown passes, hauled in a touchdown reception and ran for another score in the loss.
Ohio is 44-25-2 all-time against Kent State in a series that dates back to 1936. The Bobcats are 9-5 against the Golden Flashes during the Frank Solich era, including a 4-3 mark in games played at Peden Stadium. In Kent State's last trip to Athens, Ohio rolled to a 48-3 victory on Oct. 21, 2017.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Friday, Oct. 18 | vs. Kentucky and South Carolina | 11 a.m. ET | Lancaster Aquatics Center | Lexington, Ky.
Ohio swimming and Diving head to Lexington, Ky. to take on two SEC opponents in Kentucky and South Carolina. The Bobcats look to improve on their 2018-19 season, finishing in 5th place at the MAC Championships with a total of 421 points scored. The Bobcats started this season by setting nine new meet records at the annual Green and White Meet on Friday, Oct. 11.
The Kentucky Wildcats finished the 2018-19 season 3rd in the SEC with a total of 927.5 points, only behind Texas A&M and the University of Florida. The Wildcats already claim wins over Notre Dame and Indiana University this season. The Gamecocks finished 9th at the SEC Championships last season with a total of 515 points, and are off to and 0-1 start this season after losing to the University of Tennessee.
Friday, Oct. 18 | vs. Ball State | 3 p.m. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch
Sunday, Oct. 20 | vs. Indiana | 11 a.m. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch
Ohio field hockey (6-5, 3-1) comes home to Pruitt Field after a 1-1 weekend in the state of Michigan. After a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Michigan State, the Bobcats bounced back to take an important MAC game over Central Michigan, 6-1. Senior Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) is the reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week, providing an important spark to the Ohio attack that put six goals in the cage on Sunday.
On Friday, Ohio takes on MAC opponent Ball State, with every conference game becoming more important in deciding the MAC Tournament seeding. Currently, the Bobcats sit in second place behind a 3-0 Kent State team. The Golden Flashes travel to Central Michigan this weekend.
Then, on Sunday, Ohio takes on their third and final Big Ten opponent of the season as Indiana comes to Pruitt Field. First touch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 | vs Central Michigan | 4 p.m. ET | Chessa Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch | Free Admission
Sunday, Oct. 20 | vs. Eastern Michigan | 1 p.m. ET | Chessa Field| Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch | Free Admission | Senior Day
FRIDAY PROMOTION: Free Rufus socks for first 100 students and double point match on Ohio Bobcats Gameday App.
SUNDAY PROMOTION: Senior Day and Free sunglasses
Mid-American Conference continues for the Ohio soccer team (7-6-1, 2-3-1 MAC) this weekend when they face Central Michigan (7-2-2, 4-2-0 MAC) on Friday, Oct. 18. First touch is set for 4p.m. at Chessa Field. The Bobcats will continue their weekend at home when they host Eastern Michigan (3-9-2, 2-4-0 MAC) on Sunday, Oct. 20. The game between the Eagles and the Bobcats is set to begin at 1 p.m
Ohio went 0-1-1 last weekend during MAC play. Ohio tied with Akron, 1-1, on Thursday and fell to Buffalo, 2-0, on Sunday.
Central Michigan enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 7-2-2 overall record and a 4-2 record in MAC play. The Chippewas are currently on a one-game winning streak after defeating Toledo last Sunday. This season, Central Michigan has scored 16 goals, while allowing eight goals against. The Chippewas have also recorded 154 shots, with 62 of them on goal for a .403 shots on goal percentage.
Individually, Marle Bringard leads Central Michigan with five goals and two assists, totaling 12 points. Alina Miagkova follows with seven points, three goals and two assists. In net, Zoie Reed has seen the most action, playing in 11 games while allowing eight goals and making 55 saves in 1,075 minutes on the pitch.
Eastern Michigan enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 3-9-2 overall record and a 2-4 record in MAC play. The Eagles are currently on a two-game losing streak which includes defeats against Toledo and Bowling Green. This season, Eastern Michigan has scored 16 goals, while allowing 33 goals against. The Eagles have also recorded 218 shots, with 111 of them on goal for a .509 shots on goal percentage.
Individually, Lindsey Shira leads Eastern Michigan with fours goals and two assists, totaling ten points. Sabrina McNeill and Amanda Cripps follow with three goals each. In net, Mabel Dunn has seen the most action, playing in 13 games while allowing 29 goals and making 70 saves in 1,149 minutes on the pitch.
Friday, Oct. 18 | vs. Ball State | 7 p.m. ET |Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Live Stats | ESPN3 | Tickets | Dig Pink
Saturday, Oct. 19 | vs. Toledo | 6 p.m. ET |Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Live Stats | ESPN+ | Tickets
Ohio will return to The Convo after picking up two MAC road wins last weekend when the Bobcats took down Akron, 3-1 and Buffalo, 3-2. Ohio ended Akron's nine-match winning streak.
Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) was named Mid-American Conference East Defensive Player of the Week for her performance last weekend. The award is Bouyer's first of her career. Bouyer was stellar on both offense and defense for Ohio last weekend when the Bobcats picked up two road MAC wins. The biological sciences major had seven blocks in each of the matches, both which tied a career high. Bouyer had three solo stuffs against Akron and two against Buffalo. In the win over the Zips, Bouyer had 10 kills and did not commit an error while hitting a red hot .625. Bouyer had eight kills in the victory over Buffalo and had 18 total kills with an attacking clip of .441 over the weekend. Bouyer averaged 1.75 blocks per set and 2.25 kills last weekend.
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemanio, Italy) is No. 2 in the country in total assists at 841. Giacomazzi is No. 11 in the country in assists per set at 11.21.
Friday's match is Ohio's annual Dig Pink match. Pink rally towels will be handed out to all fans.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Saturday, Oct. 12 | 2019 Pre-Nationals | Terre Haute, Ind.
Ohio men's and women's cross country teams travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for a meet against nationally ranked top-10 teams like #2 BYU, #3 Colorado, #4 Washington, and #8 Ole Miss and the women's side. On the men's side are teams like #2 BYU, #3 Colorado, #7 Michigan, and #8 Washington.
Before their weekend from competition, redshirt junior Griffin Butler (Newark, Ohio) took home the MAC Male Athelete of the Week award. Butler ran a personal best 24:18.3 in the 8K race at the Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday, Oct. 5th. The men's team finished 20th out of 41 teams at the meet, while the women's team finished 28th out of 39 teams.
On the women's side, junior Hailey Bowes (Arlington Heights, Ill.) led the charge, finishing 31st out of 343 competitors, with a time of 17:42.8 in the 5K race. Sophomore Madelyn Bartolone (Massillon, Ohio) also ran well, finishing with a time of 18:42.9.