COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following a 7-0 win over Findlay in its 2017 regular season finale, Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team readies for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament and an opening round match against Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday, October 28 at 3 p.m. at Panther Stadium.
Tickets for the match will be $5 at the gate, with free entry granted to Ohio Dominican students and faculty with a valid ODU ID.
About Ohio Dominican
ODU (13-4-1, 11-2-1 G-MAC) has won four-straight entering the Great Midwest Tournament and recorded its highest scoring output of the season in the 7-0 victory over Findlay on Tuesday. Ohio Dominican scored five first half goals in the match and the seven goals for ODU are the most since a 13-0 win over Salem International on September 11, 2016. The win marked the largest margin of victory in a conference match for the program in its NCAA Division II era, and the seven goals for the Panthers mark just the eighth time in the program's 18 year history that Ohio Dominican has found the back of the net seven times in a match.
As a team, ODU finished the regular season with the third-highest scoring attack in the conference at 2.50 goals per match. By contrast, Ohio Dominican allows just 1.00 goals per match, tied for third-lowest in the Great Midwest.
ODU leads the conference in shots at 372 total, 56 more than its next closest competitor. Ohio Dominican has accrued 98 corner kicks this season, which ranks as the second-most in the Great Midwest.
Leading ODU in scoring is senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio), who sits second in the conference in goals scored with 13 for the season. Bates has found the back of the net in her last five matches and has scored or assisted on Panther goals in seven of the team's last eight contests. At 29 points for the season, Bates ranks third in the Great Midwest and her 58 shots this season are good enough to place her in a tie for fourth in the conference. Bates also leads ODU in shot percentage with an impressive mark of .224 for the year.
Freshman Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) leads Ohio Dominican in assists with six for the season, good enough to rank in a tie for fourth in the conference. Buck has made significant contributions to the Panthers scoring attack in the second half of the season. In her last nine matches, Buck has recorded four goals and four assists and has assisted on Panther goals in four of her last five matches.
Notching the 17th hat trick in ODUWS history on Tuesday was sophomore Becca Gordon (Johnstown, Ohio), who boasts seven goals and two assists on the season. Gordon has heated up in the last four matches for the Panthers, tallying five goals and an assist during the span that includes two game winners for Ohio Dominican.
Senior Alli Pavlik (Cortland, Ohio) maintains high statistical marks through her 12 contests. Pavlik ranks in a tie for fifth in the Great Midwest and second on the squad in goals scored with nine for the season. Her 28 career goals are good enough to place her third all-time in ODUWS history in goals scored. The senior also tallied five game winning goals in her first 12 contests.
About Kentucky Wesleyan
KWC (5-9-1, 5-8-1) enters the Great Midwest Tournament as the seventh seed. Kentucky Wesleyan dropped its final three contests of the regular season, including a 3-0 loss at ODU on Thursday, October 19.
Kentucky Wesleyan ranks in a tie for eighth in the Great Midwest in scoring average (1.33) and allows the third-most goals per match in the conference at 2.07 per contest. The Panthers rank fourth in the Great Midwest in save percentage at .812 for the season.
Madisyn Hunt leads KWC in scoring with 11 goals, fifth-most in the conference. She also co-leads the team in assists with four on the year.
Scouting the Great Midwest Tournament Field
No. 22 Ohio Valley enters the Great Midwest Tournament with the top seed and will earn the right to host the semifinals and championships with a win over eighth-seeded Lake Erie on Saturday. OVU is one of just two Great Midwest teams to defeat Ohio Dominican in 2017. The winner of the OVU/Lake Erie matchup faces the winner of Cedarville and Ursuline, who play for the right to advance on Saturday at 5 p.m. Ohio Dominican defeated Cedarville in a road contest by a final mark of 3-1 on Thursday, September 21 at the Yellow Jacket Soccer Complex at Cedarville University. The Panthers split with Ursuline, defeating the Arrows 3-1 on Thursday, September 14 before falling on the road to UC on Wednesday, October 11.
ODU faces the winner of the Walsh/Trevecca Nazarene match, which will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. in North Canton. Ohio Dominican defeated both squads by final marks of 2-1 this year.
Full coverage of the 2017 Great Midwest Tournament can be found on the conference website.
Contact: Aaron McPherson