Panthers Open GLIAC Play with Weekend Homestand

Kirsten Hoy (Photo Courtesy of Wharton SportPics)
Kirsten Hoy (Photo Courtesy of Wharton SportPics)

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- Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team kicks off GLIAC play this weekend as North Division foes Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan come to Panther Field. ODU takes on the Huskies in its home opener at 3 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 9, while the Panthers and Wildcats do battle at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.

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Live video of this weekend's games is available at Live stats are also available through

About the Panthers:
The Panthers struggled out of the gate in the opening weekend of play in 2011, falling 2-0 to Drury (Mo.) on Friday evening at Key Stadium in Indianapolis and 1-0 in double overtime to the UIndy Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon. 
A red-card and an ensuing penalty kick just over 19 minutes in the game, gave Drury the early 1-0 advantage. Despite a player down the remainder of the game, ODU actually controlled much of the play, but heavy legs allowed Drury to take advantage with an insurance goal in the 82nd minute.
In Sunday's action, the Panthers came out as the aggressor to start the game, outshooting the UIndy 7-3, including three shots on goal, in the first frame, but could only muster three shots, one in each period, the rest of the way. With 4:39 remaining in the second overtime, the Greyhounds scored the golden goal on a short-range shot off a cross into the box for their second win of the weekend.

About the Huskies:
After posting victories over Bemidji State (3-2) and Minnesota Crookston (3-0) to start its second ever year of soccer, MTU is coming off a 3-1 setback to Northern Michigan on Wednesday in its GLIAC opener. Forward Katie Boardman tallied a school record five points (two goals, one assist) against Bemidji State, becoming the first player in school history to notch two goals in the same game. With an assist against NMU, Boardman has tallied at least one point in each of the team's three games this season. Keeper MaryBeth Spoehr is 2-1-0 with her first shutout of the year and the sixth of her career against the Golden Eagles.  

About the Wildcats:
Northern Michigan is off to a 3-0-1 start to the season, tying Minnesota-Duluth (2-2) last Thursday, and rattling off three straight wins against Minnesota Crookston (3-1), Bemidji State (1-0) and Michigan Tech (3-1) in its conference opener on Wednesday. Reigning GLIAC Player of the Week, Chelsea Lyons, has six of the team's nine goals this season. Along with the game-tying score at UMD, Lyons had a three-goal game against MSU, the lone goal against Bemidji State and a goal and an assist at MTU. Junior Jessica Baker has picked up all three wins with just four goals allowed and 17 saves between the pipes.

Contact: Bryan Desch

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