COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team kicks off their 2019 season this weekend with a pair of road games opening with Illinois-Springfield Friday at 6 p.m. CT and McKendree on Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers finished 10-6-1 overall a year ago and finished 9-4-1 in the G-MAC where they are projected to finish fourth this season.
They return 18 players from a year ago including junior Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) who scored 11 goals and had five assists a year ago on her way to earning First Team All-GMAC honors. Up front, the Panthers will also have sophomore Mari Silvestri (Solon, Ohio) who scored three goals and also had three assists a season ago.
A year ago the Panthers were 4-4 on the road where they matched their opponents 10-10 in goals scored.
The Prairie Stars come into the year off a 3-11-3 campaign in 2018 with a home record of 2-3-3.
UIS returns 17 players from a year ago including eight starters led by Maggie Juhlin who led the team with four goals and an assist on the year.
Defensively, the Prairie Stars will be led by sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Cross who played and started five games a year ago where she recorded 21 saves. The Stars gave up 21 goals a year ago compared to scoring just 11 on the year.
The Bearcats come into their 2019 campaign after coming off a 13-5-1 season a year ago in which they made it into the NCAA Tournament.
Mckendree was 6-3-0 at home a year ago where they outscored their opponents 10-5.
The Bearcats return Madyson Mossman offensively to lead the way as she tied for the team lead with four goals and two assists.
The defense will be led by goalkeeper Zoe Brochu who played and started 18 games giving up just 0.43 goals per game with 11 shutouts earning defensive player of the year in the GLVC.