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COLUMBUS, Ohio - With a first round bye and the overall second seed in the GLIAC Tournament, the Panthers return to the pitch this Friday, Nov. 4 in Allendale, Michigan as they put their eight-game win streak on the line against Ashland at 4:30 p.m. in the first semi-final. The second semifinal at 7 p.m. pits host and current No. 3 Grand Valley State against Tiffin.
Live stats of the semifinals are available through http://www.cstv.com/gametracker/launch/?event=1064963&school=fo&sport=wsoccer&
About the Panthers:
With a pair of wins in Michigan over the weekend, the Panthers, 8-1-1 over their last 10, ran their win streak to a program record-tying eight straight games and earned the 2011 GLIAC South Division title in the process.
ODU defeated Saginaw Valley State 2-1 on Friday afternoon and collected the school's first conference crown at the Division II level with a 4-0 shutout of Northwood on Sunday.
Junior Jennifer Holton (Johnstown, OH) and freshman Jordan Mazzi (Galena, OH) each tallied scores in both contests, while the school's career assist leader, senior Sierra Patterson (Brecksville, OH) recorded a helper in each game to bring her career total to 29 and scored her 35th collegiate goal in the 74th minute against the Timberwolves.
The Panther defense continued its impressive run of late, holding Northwood to just 10 shots and five shots on target for its ninth shutout and seventh over the last eight outings. After moving into 24th on the NCAA Division II record books on Friday with 671:44 consecutive scoreless minutes, freshman keeper Laura Clark (Lapeer, MI) tied the ODU single-season record for shutouts with eight, while running her record to 10-5-2. The 10 wins are tied for fourth most by a goalie in a single season in program history.
About the Eagles:
After closing the regular season on a two-game win streak, Ashland collected its first ever GLIAC Tournament win, shutting out Ferris State 1-0 in Tuesday's home quarterfinal. Freshman Lexi Gruich scored in the 54th minute and goalkeeper Rebecca Plescia ran her scoreless streak to 283 minutes with her seventh win and sixth shutout this season. Kathleen Demaree and Haley Frick are tied for the team lead with four goals each, while Demaree leads the Eagles with 10 points.
ODU and Ashland will be meeting for the fifth time overall and third time this year in Friday's first semifinal. The Panthers carry a 3-0-1 all-time record into the contest, having never yielded a goal to the Eagles. ODU handed Ashland a 2-0 setback at home back in September for its first win of the year and followed that with a 1-0 overtime road win in October thanks to Sierra Patterson's game-winner at the 98:04 mark.
Moving Up the Rankings:
After a sluggish start to the year, the Panthers have not only moved to the top of the standings, but are also moving to the top of almost every statistical category in the conference. Offensively, ODU ranks third in goals (31) and corners (85) and fourth in both shots (248) and points (84). Defensively, the Panthers rank second in goals allowed (15), goals against average (0.80) and shutouts (9). Individually, Jennifer Holton sits in a tie for seventh in points (20) and is tied for eight in goals (7), while Laura Clark ranks second amongst goalkeepers in GAA (0.69) and shutouts (8) and third in save percentage (0.833). Clark's GAA is 31st best nationally and fourth best among freshmen keepers, while her save percentage is 38th in the country.
Contact: Bryan Desch