ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio soccer team (3-5-1) returns to action in Athens, Ohio this weekend for week number two of Mid-American Conference play. The Bobcats will serve as host to Miami (2-6-1) Friday, Sept. 28. First touch is set for 4 p.m. Ohio will then serve as host to Ball State (5-2-1) Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. This game will also serve as the Bobcats' Senior Day.
Both Ohio soccer matches this weekend will be live streamed by OhioBobcatTV. Those interested in watching, can follow the link to Youtube here or click below.
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 Ball State.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bobcats last saw the field on Sept. 23rd when Ohio won its first MAC game against Eastern Michigan, 2-1. The Bobcats previously fell to Central Michigan, 1-0, at Central Michigan on Sept. 21st, in the final minute of the second overtime period.
Miami is currently 2-6-1 on the season with two home wins against Illinois State and Evansville and is coming off of two losses against Bowling Green and Toledo last weekend in its first weekend of MAC play.
Currently, Miami is averaging 0.89 goals per game on 77 shots for a .104 shot percentage. They have also registered 31 shots on goal, giving them a .403 shots on goal percentage. After nine games, they are averaging 8.6 shots per game, and 10 total assists.
Leading the team for Miami is Lyda Bogdanovitch contributing three of their eight total goals for a total of six points after nine games. Following Bogdanovitch is Olivia Winnett with five total points on one goal and three assists, and Jordan King with four total points on four assists. Chloe Masys has three points on one goal and one assist followed by Lydia Brosnahan, Kristina DeMarco and Lauren Albrecht all with two points each on one goal apiece.
In net, the Miami keeper, Patricia Koutoulas, has allowed 16 goals and has made 47 saves for a .746 save percentage.
ALL-TIME AGAINST MIAMI
Miami leads the all-time series against Ohio, 9-14-2.
LAST TIME AGAINST MIAMI
The last time the two teams met was on Oct. 1, 2017, where the Bobcats and the RedHawks tied, 0-0.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
Ball State is currently 5-2-1 this season, with only one loss against Eastern Kentucky prior to MAC play. This past weekend, Ball State recorded a win over Toledo, but fell to Bowling Green to begin MAC play.
Ball State has scored 12 goals on 114 attempts for a .105 shot percentage. Ball State has also recorded 60 shots on goal for a .526 shots on goal percentage.
Leading the way for Ball State is Tatiana Mason who has seven points, with three goals and one assist. Allison Abbe and Paula Guerrero both follow five points. Abbe with two goals and one assist and Guerrero with one goal and three assists. Julia Elvbo has two goals for four points.
In net, Ball State keeper, Tristin Stuteville, has allowed 7 goals and has made 29 saves for a .806 save percentage.
ALL-TIME AGAINST BALL STATE
Ohio leads the all-time series against Ball State, 11-7-3.
LAST TIME AGAINST BALL STATE
The Bobcats and Ball State last met on Sept. 29, 2017, where the Cardinals defeated the Bobcats, 3-1.
The Bobcats are 3-5-1 after nine games this 2018 season, defeating Eastern Michigan for their first MAC win of the season. Prior to their first victory, Ohio fell to Central Michigan in the last minute of the second overtime period.
As a team, Ohio has scored 10 goals on 119 attempts for a .084 shot percentage. The Bobcats have also registered 60 shots on goal, for a .504 shots on goal percentage.
Leading Ohio is Abby Townsend with six points on three goals and is followed closely by Madelyn Kah and Alivia Milesky both with five points each on two goals and one assist apiece. Also contributing for the Bobcats are Sarina Dirrig with four points on two goals and Sydney Leckie with three points on three assists.
In net, Ohio keepers have allowed 14 goals and have made 39 saves. Erin Beurket has played 268 minutes, allowing seven goals and making 15 save. Sydney Malham has played 582 minutes, allowing seven goals and making 24 saves.
IN THE MAC
Currently, Ohio ranks sixth in the MAC in shots (119) and is fifth in assists per game (12) and remains tied with Ball State for ninth in points (32).
Sydney Leckie is tied for tenth in assists.
In goal, Sydney Malham remains sixth in goals against average and moves up to eight in save percentage. Malham drops to a three-way tie for third 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).
BOBCATS ADDS TWO TRANSFERS
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 return to Athens on Thursday, Oct. 4 when Ohio plays host to Akron. First touch is set for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field. Ohio will then head to Buffalo, N.Y. on Sunday, Oct. 7 to take on Buffalo at 12 p.m.