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Ohio Soccer Wraps up Nonconference Schedule with Cleveland State and Wright State

Ohio Soccer Wraps up Nonconference Schedule with Cleveland State and Wright State

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio soccer team (2-3-1) concludes nonconference action this weekend, when the Bobcats head to Cleveland, Ohio to take on Cleveland State (3-3-0) Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Ohio will then return to Athens on Sunday, Sept. 9 to host Wright State (0-5-1). First touch is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field. Sunday's game against Wright State will also serve as Senior Day.

Prior to the game, the Bobcats will honor their eight seniors for their hard work and dedication over the years. Mandy Arnzen, Erin Beurket, Maria Collica, Bryce Hueber, Macey Juguilon, Madelyn Kah, Rianna Reese and Michelle Rockey will all be honored prior to the start of the game against Wright State. 

This season, a select number of Ohio soccer home games will be streamed live on YouTube. 

Sunday's matchup against Wright State will be seen live on YouTube.com/OhioBobcatTV/live. 

Ohio returned to Athens for the first time during the 2018 season last weekend, falling to Northern Kentucky on Friday in a 3-2 heartbreaker. The Bobcats bounced back on Sunday, defeating Marshall, 3-1. 

On Friday against NKU, the Bobcats trailed 2-0 late in the second half. However, Madelyn Kah would score in the 61st minute, and then Sarina Dirrig, with her first career goal, would tie the game at 2-2 with 20 minutes to go. Unfortunately, NKU would score in the 88th minute to take the game, 3-2. 

Overall, the Bobcats would register 15 shots, with 11 on goal. Kah and Dirrig would each register one goal each. Kah and Townsend ended the match with three shots a piece. The Norse would record 17 shots with seven on goal. 

In net, Beurket would allow three goals and make four saves on 17 shots through her 90 minutes of action.

On Sunday against Marshall, Ohio would jump put to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Jenni Santacaterina in the seventh minute. However, Marshall would tie the game up in the 29th minute to send the game to halftime with it tied at 1-1. 

Once again, Dirrig and Kah came through late in the second half, with Dirrig scoring in the 79th minute and Kah in the 84th to give Ohio the 3-1 victory. 

Overall, Ohio registered 24 shots, 14 of them being shots on goal. 

In goal, Malham grabbed two saves and allowed one goal during her 90 minutes of action.

Cleveland State is currently 3-3 on the season with three home wins against Howard, Chicago State and Fairleigh Dickinson and is coming off of a loss against UNC Wilmington last weekend. 

Currently, Cleveland State is averaging 1.50 goals per game on 79 shots for a .141 shot percentage. They have also registered 34 shots on goal, giving them a .430 shots on goal percentage. After six games, they are averaging 13.2 shots per game, and eight total assists.

Cleveland State has multiple weapons contributing to their nine total goals after six games. Leading the team, Jenna Prathapa, Sarah Krause and Essence Canaday all with two goals and four total points. Dani Sowinski also with four points on four assists and Ja'maya Ward with four points on one goal and two assists. Followed by McKenna Ventro with three points on one goal and one assist.

In net, the Cleveland State keeper, Stevie Holbrook, has allowed seven goals and has made 25 saves. 

Ohio leads the all-time series against Cleveland State, 5-3-2.

The last time the two teams met was on Aug. 27, 2017, where the Bobcats defeated Cleveland State, 1-0. 

Wright State is currently 0-5-1 this season, recently falling to, Tennessee and Indiana State. 

Wright State has scored two goals on 50 attempts for a .04 shot percentage. Wright State has also recorded 20 shots on goal for a .400 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading the way for Wright State is Erin Graefen who has three points, with one goal and a .500 shot on goal percentage. Graefen is the only Raider with a recorded assist this season thus far. Aaliyah Patten follows with two points on one goal. 

In net, Wright State keeper, Maddie Jewel, has allowed 17 goals and has made 29 saves for a .630 save percentage. 

The Bobcats and Wright State last met on Aug. 29, 2014, where the Bobcats defeated the Raiders, 1-0 on the road.

Wright State leads the all-time series against Ohio, 5-6-1.

The Bobcats are 2-3-1 after six games this 2018 season, recently falling to Northern Kentucky and then coming back to defeat Marshall to pick up their second victory of the season. 

As a team, Ohio has scored eight goals on 88 attempts for a .091 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 48 shots on goal, for a .545 shots on goal percentage. 

Leading Ohio is Abby Townsend, Sarina Dirrig and Madelyn Kah both all have four points on two goals each. Sydney Leckie registers three assists, followed by Paige Knorr with two. 

In net, Ohio keepers have allowed eight goals and have made  24 saves. Erin Beurket has played 268 minutes, allowing seven goals and making 15 save. Sydney Malham has played 292 minutes, allowing one goal and making nine saves. 

Currently, Ohio ranks 2nd in the Mid-American Conference in shots (88) and is tied for the lead in assists (10) and tied for third in points (26) both with Buffalo.

Abby Townsend and Sarina Dirrig are both tied for sixth in the MAC with goals. Sydney Leckie is tied for the lead in assists and is in third for assists per game with teammate, Paige Knorr.

In goal, Sydney Malham still on top in goals against average and save percentage while also in second in shutouts per game.

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.

Preseason poll
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 will begin Mid-American Conference play on the road on Friday, Sept. 21 when Ohio heads to Central Michigan to take on the Chippewas at 7 p.m. ET. Ohio will then head to Eastern Michigan for their second conference match of the season to take on the Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. ET. 


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