Blake Leads Panthers to First GLIAC Tournament Victory

Blake Leads Panthers to First GLIAC Tournament Victory


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 1 seed, Ohio Dominican women's soccer, defeated the No. 8 seed, Northern Michigan, 3-1 in a GLIAC Quarterfinals match on Tuesday afternoon.

The No. 23 Panthers (14-3-1, 10-1-1 GLIAC) defeated Northern Michigan (7-10-1, 5-7-0 GLIAC) for the second time this season, scoring three goals in each match.

Freshman Ashley Blake (Hilliard, OH) led the offensive charge for the Black and Gold today with two goals and one assist. Sophomore Emily Riviello (Huber Heights, OH) added the third goal for ODU. Freshman Allison Pavlik (Cortland, OH) added two assists in her first postseason appearance.

The win for the Panthers tied a school all-time mark for victories in season, broke the mark for most consecutive victories, and tied the longest unbeaten streak at ODU. The win also marks ODU's first GLIAC tournament victory.

The Panthers got off to a fast start as Blake scored in the 6th minute off a cross from senior Jordan Mazzi (Sunbury, OH) to give ODU a 1-0 lead. NMU countered with a goal of their own at 17:01 to tie the match at 1-1.

As the first half came to a close, Blake added her second goal of the match on a ball through the defense from 16 yards out off a pass from Pavlik in the 37th minute. Then with under one minute remaining in the opening half, Riviello scored on a header off a two pass volley from Blake and Pavlik to give ODU a 3-1 lead at the break.

In the second half, going against the strong winds, the Panthers were able to get off five shots, but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Though the Black and Gold could not find the back of the net in the second half, they did keep NMU from cutting into the lead, winning 3-1.

Blake now has four goals and two assists in her last two matches, totaling 10 points. Her season totals include nine goals, four assists, and 22 points.

Senior goalkeeper Laura Clark (Lapeer, MI) now holds a 5-0-0 record this season with a goals against average of 0.33.

The Panthers outshot the Wildcats 16-8, with eight ODU shots being on goal. Each team ended the match with six corner kicks.

ODU will now host Ashland on Friday at 7 p.m. for the semi-final round. With the Panthers being the highest seed in the tournament, ODU will also host the first semi-final match at 4 p.m. between Michigan Tech and the winner of the Grand Valley State and Ferris State quarterfinal match. ODU will also be the host site for the 2014 GLIAC Championship match at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Contact: Tyler Jester 

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