COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following a 2-0 win over No. 11 Truman State on Saturday, Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team shifts its attention to familiar opponents in Findlay, Saginaw Valley and Northwood for matches in the second week of the 2017 season.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers (1-1-0, 0-0-0 G-MAC) split non-conference contests with GLVC opponents Quincy and Truman, holding the teams to a combined one goal. In its win over Truman, ODU held the Bulldogs to six total shots and just three for the final 80 minutes of the match.
Sophomore Cheyenne Story (Canfield, Ohio) helped anchor the defensive effort for the Panthers, and on the offensive end, seniors Alli Pavlik (Cortland, Ohio) and Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) each scored in the win over TSU. Ohio Dominican also relied on the experience of goalkeepers Marissa Wierzbicki (Powell, Ohio) and Kelsey Harris (Mason, Ohio), who recorded a combined 10 saves with a save percentage of .917 in its first two matches.
Ohio Dominican has lost just one home match in its last nine contests at Panther Stadium dating back to last season and will look to protect home turf once again on Wednesday against Findlay before making the trip north to take on SVSU and Northwood.
The Oilers (1-1-0, 0-0-0 G-MAC) fell to Illinois-Sprinfield by a final tally of 2-1 in their first match of the year, but bounced back by scoring their most goals in a match in five years en route to a 5-3 win over Southern Indiana. Chloe Marburger and Megan Kupetz lead the Oilers offensively with two goals apiece.
Ohio Dominican holds a 5-2-3 lead in the all-time series over Findlay, entering Wednesday's match having won three-straight over the Oilers. The two teams' meeting this week marks the opening Great Midwest Athletic Conference match for both schools.
About Saginaw Valley
The Cardinals (1-1-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC) were routed in their first match of the year by Great Midwest opponent Cedarville, 4-0, but picked up a 1-0 road victory at Indianapolis on Sunday.
SVSU averaged 14.5 shots between the two contests with a shot on goal percentage of .345. Sophomore Valentina Giambanco scored the first goal of the season for the Cardinals in their win over UIndy.
The Cardinals and Panthers drew in their lone 2016 meeting with a 1-1 (2OT) decision at Panther Stadium on September 25.
The Timberwolves (1-1-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC) split with Walsh and Malone to begin the season, falling 1-0 to the Cavaliers before picking up a 3-1 win over the Pioneers.
Northwood boasts a shot on goal percentage of .538 through two matches and has been led offensively by freshman Ashton Brooks, who has two goals on six shots through two matches.
The Panthers and Timberwolves met twice in 2016, with ODU getting the best of NU in both matches.
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