COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a 2-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament, Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team heads to Ohio Valley University in Vienna, West Virginia on Thursday, November 2 to face the Walsh Cavaliers in the conference semifinals.
A win over the Cavaliers will advance ODU to the Great Midwest championship match on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Ohio Valley. With a victory, the Panthers would face the winner of the second semifinal contest between Ohio Valley and Ursuline.
Thursday's contest with Walsh marks the second meeting between the two squads in 2017, with Ohio Dominican defeating WU 2-1 on Sunday, October 8 at Panther Stadium. Kickoff for the match is slated for 11:30 a.m. at the OVU Soccer Field.
About Ohio Dominican
ODU (14-4-1, 11-2-1) is riding a season-long five match win streak, the longest for the program since a 10-match win streak in 2014, a season in which the Panthers reached the GLIAC championship and earned an NCAA Tournament bid. Thursday's semifinal matchup with Walsh marks the fourth-consecutive year that the Panthers have reached the semifinal round of their conference tournament. With 14 wins for the season, Ohio Dominican can tie a program-high 15 wins for a season with a victory over the Cavs Thursday and can notch a program record 16 wins with a victory in the conference championship.
Senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) and sophomore Becca Gordon (Johnstown, Ohio) notched goals for the Panthers in their 2-0 win over KWC on Saturday. Bates now boasts 14 goals for the season and has found the back of the net in six-straight matches. She has scored or assisted on Panther goals in seven-consecutive contests and ranks third in the conference in points with 31. Her 14 goals rank second in the Great Midwest.
Gordon was named Great Midwest offensive player of the week Tuesday afternoon after notching four goals and one assist last week. With the 17th hat trick in program history along with an assist in ODU's 7-0 win over Findlay, Gordon recorded the most points in a match (eight) for an ODU women's soccer student-athlete since Sierra Patterson notched three goals and two assists in a 2008 win over Carlow. Gordon's eight points in the win over Findlay are the most points in a match in the NCAA Division II era for the program.
Senior Alli Pavlik (Cortland, Ohio) returned to the lineup in Saturday's win over Kentucky Wesleyan after recovery from an injury earlier in the season. In just 12 regular season contests, Pavlik racked up nine goals with five game winning scores and three assists. Her five game winning goals rank second in the conference.
The Panther defense recorded its eighth shutout win of the season on Saturday and in its last five matches, Ohio Dominican has allowed just one goal, outscoring its opponents 17-1 during the span. Junior keeper Marissa Wierzbicki (Powell, Ohio) has allowed just one goal in five matches with 11 saves.
The Cavaliers (15-3-0, 11-3-0) are enjoying their best season in program history at 15 wins and tied a program-record for shutouts in a season after notching their 12th of the year in a 2-0 over Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday. Like Ohio Dominican, Walsh enters the conference semifinal match Thursday with a five-match win streak, also notching four shutout wins during the span.
Sophomore forward Olivia Peters leads the Cavaliers with 13 goals and 14 assists, leading the Great Midwest in assists and points (40). Sophomore keeper Mickey McClanahan boasts 14 wins this season with a save percentage of .853 and goals against average of 0.60.
Ohio Dominican defeated Walsh 2-1 in their last meeting on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Panther Stadium. All three goals were scored in the first 10 minutes of the match. ODU holds a 13-2-1 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools.
Scouting the Semifinalists
On the other side of the bracket, No. 22 Ohio Valley hosts fifth-seeded Ursuline on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in a conference semifinal. The Fighting Scots will play host to the Great Midwest semifinals and championship after advancing to the second round of the conference tournament with the highest-seed. Ohio Valley has won 13 matches in a row and remains undefeated at 15-0-2 (12-0-1 G-MAC). OVU earned its first regular season conference championship and notched its only unbeaten regular season in program history.
Ursuline is playing in the Great Midwest women's soccer semifinals for the sixth-consecutive season after edging Cedarville on penalty kicks in the conference quarterfinals. Senior forward Steph Chlad has scored 12 of UC's 31 goals this season.
Ohio Dominican earned a 3-1 win over Ursuline on September 14 before falling to the Arrows on October 11, the last defeat for the Panthers. ODU holds a 3-1-0 lead in the all-time series between the two squads.
Full coverage of the Great Midwest semifinals and championship is available on the conference website, with all matches aired on the Great Midwest Digital Network.
Contact: Aaron McPherson