Women's Soccer Host Crucial Conference Showdowns This Week

Susan D'Isodoro (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)
Susan D'Isodoro (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)

By Josh Latzko, Sports Information Intern

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team continues conference play this week, hosting matchups versus Trevecca Nazarene and Cedarville.

Kickoff for the first game with Trevecca Nazarene is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday at Panther Stadium, with the Cedarville contest scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. 

About Ohio Dominican

The Panthers are coming off a tie against Tiffin at home last Saturday after dropping their road match against Findlay last Thursday. Now tied for third in the conference with a record of 4-1-1 (5-2-1 overall), ODU will look to get back to their winning ways this week.

In the draw versus Tiffin, the home team outshot their opponent 21-8, but could only connect on one goal, as Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) scored her conference-leading sixth goal of the season to knot the game at one goal apiece. Senior goalkeeper Marissa Wierzbicki (Powell, Ohio) recorded three saves on four shots. 

Ohio Dominican is second in the conference in shots per game, registering 18.88 per game, while converting on an average of 2.12 of those shots per game, good for third in the G-MAC. Defensively, ODU has only allowed 0.96 goals per game, currently fifth in the conference in that category.

Individually, Buck is third in the conference in shots (32) and fourth in shots per game (4.00) through eight games. She is also tied for first in goals with six, while in first by herself in total points at 15, with three assists to go along with her goals. Freshman Mari Silvestri (Solon, Ohio) finds herself tied for tenth in goals scored with three. Five Panthers hold positions in the top ten in assists.

About Trevecca

Trevecca comes into the week with a 5-2-1 overall record, including 4-0-1 record in conference play. They won their last game in a road overtime thriller, 3-2 over Kentucky Wesleyan.

The Trojans' offense is averaging two goals per game, while the defense is allowing an average of 1.125 through eight games. Trevecca is led by freshman Makena Schlosser, as she is tied for third in the conference in goals scored with five.

In goal, freshman Delayna Holman has played in seven games, allowing seven goals while recording two shutouts.

About Cedarville

Cedarville stands alone in second place in the G-MAC, with 15 points thanks to their 6-2 record (5-2 G-MAC). They lost their last match in overtime at Findlay by a score of 0-1.

The Yellow Jackets average two goals scored per game, as well, while allowing 0.86 goals per game. The offense is well-balanced by a trio of scorers with three goals apiece in Hannah Atkinson (t-10 in G-MAC in shots per game), Mackenzie Northcutt, and Olivia Hoffman.

Defensively, junior Allison Garlock has been a rock, leading the league in goals allowed average at a minuscule 0.20 and has four shutouts in her five starts. She has a .875 save percentage.