ODU Continues Charge Towards GLIAC Tournament with Pair of Key Matchups

Senior Slone Fleak
Senior Slone Fleak

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- Ohio Dominican women's soccer team will look to continue their run towards the conference tournament with another pair of GLIAC games this week, beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Ashland and concluding with Sunday's 2 p.m. regular season home finale and Senior Day against Lake Erie. Prior to Sunday's start, the Panthers will recognize its four seniors, Jill Davis (Middletown, OH), Slone Fleak (Sunbury, OH), Marie Fudacz (Toledo, OH) and Sierra Patterson (Brecksville, OH).

Live Stats:
Live stats of Sunday's game are available through http://livestats.prestosports.com/ohiodominican/.         

About the Panthers:
The Panthers extended their win streak and shutout streak to four games with a 2-0 win at Tiffin on Thursday and 1-0 win at home against Findlay on Sunday. The win streak is the longest since 2009, while the shutout streak is the longest since the end of 2008.

ODU allowed just three shots by the Oilers, all coming in the game's final 10 minutes, to run their opponents' scoreless streak to 397:35 minutes, dating back to Oct. 5 when then No. 5 Grand Valley State (Mich.) scored their lone goal 7:25 into the second half. Sophomore Megan Augusta's (Lyndhurst, OH) 11-yard strike at the 56:30 mark from the short right wing off the far post was her fourth score of the year and team-best third game-winner.

Patterson was the offensive spark on Thursday with her second and third scores of the year and 31st and 32nd of her career coming in the fifth and 80th minutes. Her first score with 4:27 on the clock marked the fifth time this season and third straight contest the Panthers have scored in the game's opening six minutes.

About the Eagles:
The Eagles are unbeaten in their last five games going 1-0-1 over the weekend at Ferguson Field against Northwood and Saginaw Valley State. AU scored three goals in a 17-minute span of the second half to beat the Timberwolves on Friday. Chelsea Hyatt, Kelly Krispinsky and Deanna Gundling all scored for AU and Rebecca Plescia made five saves for the shutout. On Sunday, the Eagles out-shot the Cardinals, 17-5, but the teams played to a scoreless tie. Plescia made two saves for her fourth shutout of the season. She is fourth in the GLIAC in saves (63) and goals against average (1.06). The Eagles are in second place in the GLIAC South and are looking for their first winning season since 2005. Their five league wins are also the most for AU since that year.

About the Storm:
Lake Erie played strong defense on the week but was done in by a lack of scoring, falling to Saginaw Valley State, 1-0, and Northwood, 2-0, last week.  Sophomore Megan Baldacci, currently in the top 10 in saves in Division II, made seven stops to help keep Lake Erie in the match against the Cardinals and had eight against the Timberwolves.

The Series:
This is the fourth ever meeting between ODU and Ashland since 2010 with the Panthers holding a 2-0-1 record in the series, including a 2-0 home win back on Sept. 16. Sunday's game is also the fourth contest between the Panthers and Lake Erie with ODU leading the all-time series 2-1-0. In their first meeting this season on Sept.18, ODU posted its largest scoring margin of the year, defeating the Storm 4-0 on the road.

Did You Know?:

  • Freshman keeper Laura Clark ranks in the top three in the GLIAC in goals against average (0.82), save percentage (.820) and shutouts (5), while the ODU defense is tied for second in shutouts (6) and third in both goals allowed (14) and goals against average (0.96).
  • With scores last week against Mercyhurst and Cedarville, freshmen Broegan Sautter and Kristyn Kajganich became the fourth and fifth Panthers to record their first collegiate scores this year, joining sophomore Megan Augusta and classmates Tonya Frasik and Jordan Mazzi as the other first-timers. 

Contact: Bryan Desch

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