Panthers Ready for Top 25 Showdown in the GLIAC Championship

Photo by Marc Miller
Photo by Marc Miller

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team will put its 10 match winning streak on the line as they face No, 11 Grand Valley State for the GLIAC Championship on Sunday afternoon. 

The No. 23 ranked Panthers come into the match coming off ten consecutive victories, including the programs first ever wins in the GLIAC tournament, with wins over Northern Michigan and Ashland. In the semifinal victory over Ashland the Panthers broke the all-time school record for most wins in a season. 

ODU and GVSU come into this top 25 showdown after sharing the GLIAC regular season title. Both teams recorded a 10-1-1 GLIAC mark, but the Panthers received the number one seed and home field advantage for the GLIAC tournament due to a 1-0 win at GVSU earlier this season. 

Leading the way for ODU in the postseason has been two freshman in Ashley Blake (Hilliard, OH) and Allison Pavlik (Cortland, OH). Blake has lived up to her First Team All-GLIAC and Freshman of the Year selections as she has two goals and two assists in the two tournament matches. She scored twice while assisting on the third goal in the 3-1 win over NMU, then added an assist in the 3-2 victory over AU. Blake has nine goals and five assists to lead the Panthers with 23 points on the season. 

Pavlik scored one goal while adding an assist in the semifinal match after AU had tied the match 1-1. On the season Pavlik has four goals and two assists. 

Senior Jordan Mazzi (Sunbury, OH), a First Team All-GLIAC selection, is second on the team in goals with five while adding a career best three assists this season. Mazzi is one of four Panthers with double digit points with 13. She scored the lone goal in the win at GVSU.

Joining Blake, Pavlik, and Mazzi in double digit points is Second Team All-GLIAC member, Lauren Pratt (West Chester, OH). Pratt scored the first goal in the victory over Ashland. Pratt has five goals and two assists totaling 12 points this season.

GVSU is riding a six match unbeaten streak since the loss to ODU. In the six match stretch, the Lakers have outscored their opponents 17-0, including 9-0 in the GLIAC tournament. On the season, the defending conference and national champions hold a 17-2-1 record. 

The Lakers defeated Ferris State in the quarterfinals 4-0, before defeating Michigan Tech 5-0 in Columbus on Friday in the semifinals. 

Senior Jenny Shaba has led the Lakers in the tournament run with one goal and three assists. Shaba joins freshman Gabriella Mencotti and sophomore Marti Corby in the top five in the conference in total points. Mencotti has 13 goals and 8 assists, totaling 34 points. Corby has 32 total points, including 11 goals and 10 assists.

Joining Shaba, Mencotti, and Corby on the GLIAC First Team is Defender of the Year Juane Odendaal.

The two GLIAC regular season champions, will battle for conference supremacy at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Panther Stadium. 

Contact: Tyler Jester 

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