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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team continues GLIAC play this weekend as South Division rival Ashland visits for a 5 p.m. start on Friday, Sept. 16 before ODU travels to Lake Erie for its first conference road test, beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
About the Panthers:
ODU fell just short of their first victory of the season over the weekend as the Panthers battled to a 2-2 draw in double overtime in their home opener on Friday against Michigan Tech, before falling to Northern Michigan, 1-0, at Panther Field on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Jordan Mazzi (Galena, OH) notched her first collegiate score and first by a Panther this year with a header to the far post off an ideal cross from Jennifer Holton (Jr./Johnstown, OH) in the 14th minute against the Huskies. Megan Augusta (So./Lyndhurst) also recorded her first collegiate score against MTU, outrunning a Huskies defender for the breakaway score to the far post from 17 yards deep just before the half.
Despite holding reigning GLIAC Player of the Week and leading goal scorer, Chelsea Lyons, to zero shots on limited touches, while finishing with a 15-9 shots advantage, including 7-5 edge on shots on goal and a 11-1 advantage on corners, ODU fell to a timely second half score by the Wildcats in Sunday's action.
About the Eagles:
The Eagles are 2-0-1 to start of conference play with wins against Findlay and Lake Erie and a draw against Tiffin. Ashland took a 1-0 lead against Tiffin on Kathleen Demaree's unassisted goal just before halftime. The Dragons tied the score in the second half, and the game remained tied through both overtimes. The Eagles jumped on the Oilers on Sunday for two goals in the first half and put on the finishing touch in the 78th minute. Chelsea Hyatt, Savannah Garside and Tani Lopez each scored for the Eagles in the game, while Haley Frick and Demaree added assists. AU continued the momentum with a 2-1 win against the Storm on Wednesday to move to the top of the South Division standings.
About the Storm:
Lake Erie played even in the first half of each of its two GLIAC home games last weekend, but fell to Findlay and Tiffin, before dropping a close 2-1 game at Ashland on Wednesday after an early 1-0 lead just 1:19 into the contest. Friday against Findlay, the score was scoreless at half before a pair of goals in the final 45 minutes gave the Oilers a 2-0 victory. Taking on Tiffin Sunday, Lake Erie was tied at 1-1 through 45 minutes and at 2-2 after 61 minutes but fell 6-2. In that game, freshman Megan Ambrose scored her first two career goals and sophomore Megan Baldacci made a season-high 12 saves.
This is the third ever meeting between ODU and Ashland with the Panthers posting a 1-0-1 record against the Eagles in their first meetings last year, highlighted by a 3-0 home win in late October. ODU and Lake Erie also met for the first time last season, splitting the series with both squads winning on their home turf.
Contact: Bryan Desch