COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team will look to build upon its six match unbeaten streak as they travel to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this weekend to face Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.
The Panthers kept their unbeaten streak alive after defeating Northwood 1-0 and tying No.21 Saginaw Valley 0-0 over the past weekend. The Panther defense continues to be string as they have now recorded shutouts in five of the last six matches. Junior Amanda Fowler (Mansfield, OH) scored the goal for ODU against the Timberwolves in the 23rd minute on a corner kick cross from junior Summer Bourcier (Mansfield, OH).
Against Saginaw Valley, the Panthers were able to outshoot the Cardinals 22-7, but were unable to find the back of the net as the two teams played to a scoreless draw in a double overtime match.
Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Harris (Mason, OH) recorded a shutout in both games last week, as she earned GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Harris kept all shots out of the net in the 200 minutes she logged over the weekend.
Harris is now ranked in the top four in the GLIAC in four goalkeeping categories. She ranks second in the conference in goals against average at .50, which is also good enough to be ranked 25th nationally. Harris is also second in wins with five and shutouts with four. As a team the Panthers are ranked 20th nationally with five shutouts.
Freshman Ashley Blake (Hilliard, OH) ranks in the top 10 in three offensive categories. Blake is tied for eighth in goals with Fowler, with three. She is also ninth in points with eight. Blake and Bourcier each have two goals, ranking them 10th in the GLIAC.
As a team, the Panthers are ranked first in three offensive categories including total shots (157), shots per game (19.6), and corner kicks (52). ODU is also the only team in the conference to not receive a yellow or red card yet.
Michigan Tech (Friday, October 3)
On Friday the Panthers will travel to Houghton, Michigan to face the Huskies. This will be the fourth meeting all time with the series record at 1-1-1.
This season the Huskies are unbeaten in the GLIAC with a 2-0-0 record and hold a 4-1-0 overall mark. Michigan Tech is led by sophomore Jacqueline Mielke who is fifth in the conference in points with 10. Mielke has scored four goals and added two assists this season. Junior Lexi Herrewig has scored once, but leads the team with four assists.
The two team will face off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
Northern Michigan (Sunday, October 5)
Like Michigan Tech, this will be the fourth time ODU will face Northern Michigan. The Panthers currently hold a two match winning streak against the Wildcats and hold a 2-1-0 series advantage.
The Wildcats are 2-4-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the young conference season. Northern Michigan has lost both GLIAC matches, one to Michigan Tech and one to Ashland, by a final of 2-1. Paula Hafner leads the offensive charge for the Wildcats as she has recorded four of the nine goals this season for Northern Michigan.
The Wildcats will host Walsh on Friday before welcoming the Panthers at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Contact: Tyler Jester