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Ohio Soccer Opens Regular Season at Pitt and Robert Morris

Ohio Soccer Opens Regular Season at Pitt and Robert Morris

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ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio soccer team opens up the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 17 when the Bobcats head to Pittsburgh for a match up with the Panthers. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Aug. 19 when Ohio takes on Robert Morris at 1 p.m. 

Fans will be able to check out the game against Pitt on ACC Network Extra on the Watch ESPN app. 

Ohio is coming off of a 7-10-3 2017 season. In MAC play, the Bobcats went 4-5-2, helping them return to the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2013, where they fell to top-seeded Kent State in penalty kicks. 

The Bobcats scored 23 goals on the season with 250 shots on goal in 20 games. 

Paige Knorr started in 19 games of her freshman season with one assist and one goal, while Sydney Leckie registered a team-leading seven assists for the Bobcats. 

Veteran goalie Erin Beurket spent 1,128.28 minutes in the net with 12 starts, seven losses and 53 saves, while Sydney Malham registered a 0.84 goals against average in 12 games.  

The Bobcats are 4-1-1 all-time against Pitt. 

Pitt wrapped up the 2017 season with an overall record of 3-12-3, with an 0-9-1 mark in ACC play. 

As a team, Pitt scored 14 goals on a total of 172 shots-with 85 of them on goal. The Panthers averaged 0.78 goals per game and .081 shots percentage. The Panthers also registered 14 assists and 112 saves. 

Individually, Taylor Pryce who scored four goals, had two assists and 11 points.  Sarah Krause added two goals and two assists, as did Vildan Kardesler. 

In goal, Katelyn McEachern played and started in 17 games, allowing 22 goals and registering 69 saves. Amaia Pena played in seven games and started four, allowing 15 goals and recording 33 saves. 

The Bobcats and Panthers last met on Aug. 21, 2011, where the Bobcats came away with a 2-0 victory in Athens. 

The Bobcats are 4-1-1 all time against RMU, with Ohio winning two of the last three match ups. 

Robert Morris finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 6-11 and a 4-4 mark in the NEC. 

As a team, RMU scored 21 goals and registered 21 assists for 63 total points. The Colonials also registered a .489 shots on goal percentage and a .113 shot percentage. 

Overall, both RMU keepers combined for a 1.62 goals against average and a .759 save percentage.

Kristina Kelley led the team with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points. Jane Schleicher registered eight goals and three assists. 

In goal, Sydney Bruckner played in 16 games, allowing 21 goals and recorded 77 saves for a .786 save percentage. Julia Schmid played in five games for RMU. 

The Bobcats and RMU last met up last season, when the Bobcats defeated to Colonials 2-0 in Athens in Ohio's season opener. 

The Bobcats' two goals came from Bryce Hueber and Allie Curry and Erin Beurket and Sydney Malham both played 45 minutes in net and did not allow a goal. 

Starters Rianna Reese (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Mandy Arnzen (Edgewood, Ky.)  return for Ohio along with redshirt senior Bryce Hueber, who will be returning to the field after her 2017 season was cut short due to an injury. Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) returns in goal for the Bobcats.

Ohio adds eight freshmen this year including: Sam Wexell (Irwin, Pa.), Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio), Maeve Maloney (Lebanon, Ohio), Haley Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tayler Dickerson (Cincinnati, Ohio), Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio), Morgan Collica (Aurora, Ohio) and Lindsay Townsend (New Albany, Ohio). 

The Ohio soccer team has added two graduate transfers to the roster for the 2018 season. Maria Collica comes to Ohio after a career at Butler, while Michelle Rockey comes to Athens after time at Oregon. 

Collica, a defender from Solon, Ohio, is the older sister of freshman Morgan Collica, and perusing her master's degree in Exercise Physiology. Collica finished her career at Butler with 53 games played and 47 starts. She scored two goals and registered eight assists for 12 total points. She registered 16 shots, with nine of them on goal for a .563 shots on goal percentage, while also recording two games-winning goals in her career.

Rockey, a defender from Woodland Hills, Calif. is perusing her MBA/MSA in Sports Administration at Ohio. Rockey finished her career at Oregon with 37 games played, 34 starts, 15 shots with six on goal for a .400 shots on goal percentage. She also recorded one assist for one point in her time with the Ducks.

The Ohio soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the 2018 Mid-American Conference Preseason Poll, in a vote of the league's coaches, the conference announced on Aug. 15. 

With 65 points, the Bobcats were selected to finish above Western Michigan, Akron, Northern Illinois and Miami. Selected to finish ahead of Ohio was Kent State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Toledo and Eastern Michigan. 

Kent State was selected to win the MAC Regular season crown with 134 points, while they were also picked to win the 2018 MAC Tournament with six votes.  

The Bobcats remain on the road when they head to Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 26. The Bobcats will take on Lipscomb on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and will play host Vanderbilt on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.


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