ATHENS, Ohio— The Ohio women's soccer team takes on the Buffalo Bulls (4-5-2, 2-1-1 MAC) and Akron Zips (1-9-2, 0-3-1 MAC) during week three of Mid-American Conference play. Ohio's match against Buffalo takes place at home on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. The Bobcats then travel to FirstEnergy Stadium–Cub Cadet Field on Sunday, Oct. 8 for a 1 p.m. match against the Zips.
The Bobcats are coming off a mixed weekend that saw the squad fall 3-1 on Friday against Ball State and tie 0-0 against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday. Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) scored Ohio's lone goal of the weekend, registering her fifth of the year. Her point came midway through the second half but the Bobcats had already allowed three from the Cardinals and couldn't fight back. Sunday's tie was Ohio's first road shutout of the season and featured Erin Beurket (Milford, Ohio) in net. Beurket had two saves on two shots on goal. Beurket now registers a 1.31 goals against average and .692 save percentage.
Thursday's match against Buffalo is Ohio's only home contest until Oct. 19 when the team plays Bowling Green, but head coach Aaron Rodgers isn't concerned about the time away from Chessa.
"The team is focused on playing each game as it comes," Rodgers said. "We earned our first shutout on the road at Miami and will build on that for sure."
In regards to the week's action, Rodgers is looking forward to another close matchup with the Bulls. Buffalo are 3-2 in their last five meetings against the Bobcats.
"Buffalo is a good team and will be a competitive game for us. We have had some very good games against them, each one decided by one goal. But I believe in this team and what we can accomplish together," Rodgers said.
Looking to Akron, Rodgers emphasized how his squad can't falter and the match "will be another game that we need to be our best." Rodgers and his side have goals for this season and expect to achieve all of them.
LAST TIME AGAINST BUFFALO
The last time the Bobcats saw Buffalo was in 2016 when they fell 2-1 in double overtime. Quality shot attempts were limited for both sides and both goalkeepers stayed active throughout the match.
Both defenses were locked in throughout the match with Buffalo scoring in the 15th minute from Celina Carrero and Ohio not answering until the 49th when Curry netted a bicycle kick into the left corner. The Bulls would ultimately walk away with the win in the 104th minute when Carissima Cutrona scored a header on a corner kick. Ohio finished the match with 15 shots, five SOG to Buffalo's 12 shots, four SOG.
Buffalo is coming off a 2-1 victory over Eastern Michigan on Friday and a 0-0 double overtime tie to Central Michigan on Sunday. The Zips are 3-2 in their last five matches and have only allowed two goals when on the road this season.
Top scoring threat for the Bulls is Cutrona who has five goals, three assists and 44 shots with two game-winning-goals. Dougall is Buffalo's only goalkeeper and has a 4-5-2 record, registering 60 saves and 13 goals allowed for a 1.12 GAA and .822 save percentage through 11 games and 1,040 minutes. Dougall also has four shutouts on the season. Bulls defender Marcy Barberic was named the MAC defender of the week. The freshman has started all 11 matches for Buffalo, playing 927 minutes and has one goal and six shots.
LAST TIME AGAINST AKRON
Ohio saw Akron last season, walking away with a dominating 4-1 victory over the Zips. The match saw four separate Bobcats walk away with goals. Curry opened scoring in the 33rd minute when she received an overhead lob and played it left of the keeper. Megan Niebuhr (Cincinnati, Ohio) put Ohio up 2-0 four minutes later when she was awarded a penalty kick. Akron earned their goal in the 40th minute when Chloe Allen worked her way through the defense and slotted one in. The last two goals of the match came in the second half. First was Sydney Leckie (Medina, Ohio) who received an overhead service identical to Curry's and placed it left of the goalkeeper. Bryce Hueber (Cincinnati, Ohio) registered Ohio's final goal in the 83rd when she found space outside the box and sent in a rocket. Ohio ended the match with 18 shots, 10 SOG.
Akron is coming off a 1-1 tie vs Central Michigan on Friday and a 2-1 loss against Eastern Michigan on Sunday. The Zips are having a tough season with their only win on the year coming against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Aug. 20 where they came out on top 3-0.
Top scorer for Akron is Ashley Amato who has three goals this season and 21 shots. Amato has played in seven games, starting five. The Zips main goalkeeper is Amani Jiu. Jiu is 1-9-2 and has started in all 12 games for her squad, recording 54 saves while allowing 21 goals for a 1.70 GAA and .720 save percentage; she also has two shutouts.
Akron travels to Kent State on Thursday, Oct. 5 for a 7 p.m. match before hosting Ohio.
IN THE MAC
The Bobcats (5-6-2, 2-1-1 MAC) are second in the MAC-East behind Kent State (7-4-1, 3-1-0 MAC). Ohio is tied for third in goals and goals per game with six total (1.50 per game). The Bobcats are also tied for first for most shutouts in conference play with two, and five overall.
Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.) and Allie Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) have dominated the front line for Ohio this season. Curry has five goals and one assist on 25 shots while Jaggers has recorded three goals in 32 shots. Both have scored in each of the Bobcats' two opening MAC games.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the first time since 2014, Ohio has swept the MAC Player of the Week awards. Jaggers was named the offensive player of the week for Sept. 25 while Malham took the defensive spot. Jaggers notched two game-winning goals over the weekend while recording five shots and four points in 112 minutes. Malham quickly found her spot on the Ohio squad and has been a brick wall in net. The freshman played all 180 minutes against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan, logging 14 saves, a .933 save percentage and a .50 GAA while earning one shutout and allowing one goal. Malham's play helped the Bobcats come out over EMU for the first time since 2011 and CMU for the first time since 2008.
The Bobcats travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday, Oct. 13 for a 4 p.m. match against Western Michigan before traveling to Northern Illinois for a 1 p.m. match.