COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team returns home for a pair of Great Midwest Athletic Conference games against Walsh and Malone this week. The Panthers begin the homestand with a clash against Walsh on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and conclude the weekend by welcoming Malone to Sunbury Road on Saturday evening at 7:30.
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It's been 21 days since the Panthers last played a competitive game at home. This marks the longest layoff between home games this season. The last layoff was September 15th to October 3rd, marking 18 days between home contests.
ODU closed out its road schedule with a pair of impressive road wins. On Thursday the Panthers claimed a 2-0 win against Ursuline on Thursday and earned an impressive 4-0 win against Lake Erie on Saturday afternoon.
Forward Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) continues her tremendous run of form. The junior forward connected with Mari Silvestri (Solon, Ohio) on a through ball that allowed the sophomore to claim her first goal of the season. Just 106 seconds into the second half Buck collected a goal of her own as she pounced on a rebound to score a goal.
Goalkeeper Cecilia Kuntz (Berlin, Germany) added a season-high 13 saves to lift the Panthers to a 2-0 victory.
ODU continued its winning ways against the Lake Erie Storm on Saturday afternoon. Midfielder Lindsay Buten (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored on the first shot of the game for the Panthers in the third minute. The junior midfielder dribbled the ball down the far side before sneaking a shot inside of the post.
Samantha Buck doubled the lead in the seventh minute of the match collecting her eighth goal of the season. The third-year forward bent a free-kick around the wall and past the goalkeeper to extend the lead.
The junior forward collected a brace before the 13th minute scoring off a throw-in from midfielder Shelby Shotton (Marion, Illinois). The throw-in bounced off a Storm defender before finding the head of Buck, who touched it past the goalkeeper to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Cavaliers come to Sunbury Road looking to regain their footing following a 4-1 loss to Kentucky Wesleyan. Walsh returned to its winning ways on Saturday earning a 2-0 victory over Trevecca Nazarene. , Senior Olivia Peters paces the Cavaliers with five goals and six assists this season. Goalkeeper Mickey McClanahan remains a contributor on defense for Walsh, appearing in all 12 matches and making 55 saves.
The Pioneers come to Central Ohio sporting a respectable record of 7-3 (4-3) and looking to bounce back following a tough weekend of travel. Malone lost a tough contest to Trevecca Nazarene 1-0 on Thursday and suffered a 0-3 loss to Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.
Junior forward Danielle Lung leads the Pioneers on offense, scoring 10 goals in 10 games.
Goalkeeper Haleigh Seman is a defensive leader for Malone. She has amassed 32 saves in 780 minutes of action this season.