Panthers Conclude Home Stretch with Pair of Non-Conference Contests

Jessica D'Isidoro
Jessica D'Isidoro

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COLUMBUS, Ohio
- Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team steps out of conference for a pair of home contests this week, beginning at 3 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 5 against Mercyhurst (Pa.) and finishing with a 7 p.m. battle against Cedarville on Friday, Oct. 7.

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

About the Panthers:
ODU opened its four-game home stretch with a 0-1-1 mark as the Panthers tied Ferris State (Mich.) 1-1 in double overtime on Friday, and fell to No. 5 Grand Valley State (Mich.) 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Junior Jennifer Holton (Johnstown, OH) recorded her team-leading third score just 5:51 into Friday's contest with the Bulldogs as she headed in a corner kick from freshman Tonya Frasik (Lebanon, OH). FSU found the equalizer in the 22nd minute with a breakaway score, but play remained quite balanced the rest of the way as both team's picked up their second draw of the season.

On Sunday, the Panthers gave two-time defending national champion and the fifth-ranked Lakers all they could handle and more, holding GVSU, the top scoring team in the GLIAC entering the day at 3.00 goals per game, scoreless for the first half and seven minutes into the second before header off a corner resulted in the eventual game-winner. The ODU defense put together one of its best efforts of the season limiting the potent Lakers offense to its lowest shot total of the year with 12 and its second lowest total of shots on goal with six.

About the Lakers:
Mercyhurst dropped both its games last week, falling 1-0 at Shippensburg last Wednesday and dropping a 2-0 home loss to No. 3 California (Ind.) on Saturday. Molly Marsh and Aina Torres are tied for the team lead with five goals, including two game-winners each and 11 points. Goalkeeper Rachel Griepsma is 5-4-1 in the net with four of the five wins coming via the shutout.      

About the Yellow Jackets:
The Yellow Jackets, riding a four-game unbeaten streak in which they have outscored opponents 9-1,  are coming off a 2-0 home shutout of Campbellsville last Saturday and 0-0 draw in two overtimes to Wilmington on Tuesday to close out a six-game homestand. Deanne Bradshaw and Amanda Bunton are tied for the team lead with three scores apiece, while a trio of players have recorded two assists, including Bradshaw. Three players have started three or more games and collected a win in goal for Cedarville, led by Christine Faulds who has a 2-0-1 mark with a pair of shutouts.

The Series:

This is the second meeting ever between the Panthers and Lakers with ODU taking the first contest 2-0 on the road last year behind scores from Jennifer Holton and Sierra Patterson. Friday's game will be the 11th meeting with former AMC rival, Cedarville. The Panthers hold a 7-2-1 advantage in the series and are unbeaten in their last five matchups, including a 5-1 home win in 2009.

Contact: Bryan Desch
deschb@ohiodominican.edu

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