South Division Leading Panthers Head to Michigan with Title on the Line

Marie Fudacz
Marie Fudacz

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With the home portion of its slate complete, the South Division leading Ohio Dominican women's soccer team heads to Michigan for its final two regular season contests and the division title at stake, beginning with a 2 p.m. battle against Saginaw Valley State on Friday, Oct. 28, followed by a 1 p.m. bout with Northwood on Sunday, Oct. 30.

About the Panthers:
The Panthers remained red hot this past week, extending their longest win streak since 2009 to six games as they shutout Ashland 1-0 in overtime on a winter-like Thursday evening and Lake Erie 5-0 on Sunday afternoon's Senior Day.

ODU has now shutout its last six opponents, matching the school record set back in 2008, and has not allowed a score in 585:39 minutes of action, dating back to an early second half goal against than No. 5 Grand Valley State (Mich.) on Oct. 2.

Senior Sierra Patterson (Brecksville, OH) recorded her team-leading third game-winner at the 8:04 mark of the first overtime at Ashland.

Faced with the possibility of playing at Panther Field for the last time on Sunday, seniors Marie Fudacz (Toledo, OH), Slone Fleak (Sunbury, OH), Jill Davis (Middletown, OH) and Patterson put together an offensive show against the Storm. After an early score by junior Kirsten Hoy (Worthington, OH) just 3:11 into the game, Fudacz, Patterson and Fleak all tallied goals in the second half, while Patterson and Fleak also assisted on a pair of scores. Sophomore Danielle Scheetz (Coshocton, OH) also recorded her first collegiate goal in the 69th minute and junior Jennifer Holton (Johnstown, OH) added to her team-high assists total, picking up helpers five and six of the year.

About the Cardinals:
Saginaw Valley State split their two road games last weekend, defeating Northern Michigan 2-0 and falling to Michigan Tech 3-0. Senior Amanda Kady gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead over the Wildcats when she found the back of the net on a cross shot. SVSU would take a 2-0 advantage as NMU sent in an own goal. The Cardinals only mustered five shots on goal in their 3-0 setback to Michigan Tech. Samantha Echols and Andrea Grove are both tied for the team lead with three goals, while Echols leads the squad with eight points.

About the Timberwolves:
Northwood dropped a pair of matches on the road last week, falling 5-1 at Michigan Tech before dropping a hard-fought 4-3 double-overtime contest to Northern Michigan. The Timberwolves fell behind 3-1 in the second half, but rallied late with a pair of scores to force the overtime. NU had a penalty kick in double overtime for the win, but were unable to convert and with just 22 seconds remaining in the game, the Wildcats found the golden goal. Amanda Watson, Alyssa Tomassi and Allie Misner tallied scores for Northwood in the loss. Watson leads the team in goals (8), assists (5) and points (21) and is currently NU's all-time career leader in points with 106.

The Series:
This weekend's games mark the second time the Panthers have squared off against both the Cardinals and Timberwolves  after meeting for the first time last year. ODU knocked off SVSU at home 1-0 on Oct. 29 as Christen Adams recorded the game-winner with her first collegiate score. Two days later, the Panthers rallied for a 2-1 overtime win on Senior Day as Sierra Patterson notched both scores, including the golden goal 5:54 into the extra frame.

Did You Know?:
-- Seniors Marie Fudacz and Slone Fleak both recorded their second career scores against Lake Erie. Fudacz's goal was her first since her freshman campaign in 2008, while Fleak's score was the first since last year. She also tallied her first collegiate assist in the win.
-- With ODU's fourth score against the Storm on Sunday, sophomore Danielle Scheetz became the six Panther to record her first collegiate score this year, joining freshmen Broegan Sautter, Kristyn Kajganich, Tonya Frasik, Jordan Mazzi and classmate Megan Augusta as the other first-timers.

Contact: Bryan Desch

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