ODU Hosts Top North Division Squads as Bulldogs, No. 5 Lakers Visit this Weekend

Megan Wharton
Megan Wharton

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- ODU returns home for the start of a four-game home swing this Friday, Sept. 30 as Ferris State (Mich.) comes south for a 4 p.m. start, followed by a visit from two-time defending national champion and current No. 5 Grand Valley State (Mich.) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Live Video/Stats:
Live video of both games this weekend is available at http://www.pressboxproductions.net/index.html. Live stats are also available through http://livestats.prestosports.com/ohiodominican/.

About the Panthers:
ODU closed its initial swing of South Division play on a sour note as the Panthers fell at home to Tiffin, 3-0, on Friday evening and took a 3-1 setback at Findlay on Sunday afternoon.

Despite outshooting the Dragons 18-6 for the game, three goals over the game's first 9:43 proved too much of a hill to climb over as Tiffin remained perfect all-time versus the Panthers.

On Sunday, ODU matched Findlay's early score with goal in the 35th minute as Jennifer Holton (Jr./Johnstown, OH) directed a free kick to freshman Tonya Frasik (Lebanon, OH) who put it home for her first collegiate score. However, an Oiler strike at the 53:40 mark and ODU own goal in the 71st minute lifted the Oilers to just their second win ever over the Panthers.

About the Bulldogs:
After posting a pair of shutout road wins last weekend, beating Ashland 3-0 on Friday night and Lake Erie 1-0 on Sunday, Ferris State had its three-match winning streak snapped, 3-1, on Wednesday at No.5 Grand Valley State. Forward Bri Borgman had a pair of goals on the weekend notching an unassisted first half goal in the Bulldogs' 3-0 victory at Ashland and adding the lone goal in the 1-0 triumph over Lake Erie to bring her team-leading goals total to seven. FSU struck early against the Lakers with a goal just under six minutes into the game, but GVSU quickly grabbed the 3-1 lead with scores over the next 20 minutes of the first half to maintain its lead in the North Division standings.       

About the Lakers:
No. 5 GVSU is now on a 25-game unbeaten streak dating back to 2010.  With a 3-1 win over Ferris State on Wednesday, the Lakers also remain the only undefeated team in the GLIAC at 6-0-0.  Ashley Botts leads the team with eight goals and two assists and now sits in seventh place in the GVSU career record book with 89 points (32g, 15a).  Junior Chelsea Parise continues to add to her career shutout total already posting four this season.  Parise has 34 in her three seasons, good for second place.  She is just 11 behind the top player who has 45. The Bulldogs's score was the first goal allowed by GVSU at home since the 2009 GLIAC Championship and also marked the first time the Lakers trailed at home since the same contest. The Lakers lead the conference in goals scored with 23 and goals allowed with four. 

The Series:
This weekend's games will mark the second time the Panthers have squared off against both the Bulldogs and Lakers. ODU took the first meeting with FSU, 2-1, on the road with scores from Jennifer Holton and Sage Patterson. In the first showdown with GVSU, the Lakers handed the Panthers their second loss on the year with a 6-0 shutout at home.

Contact: Bryan Desch

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