Panthers Eyeing Top GLIAC Tournament Spot, Conclude Regular Season This Week

Panthers Eyeing Top GLIAC Tournament Spot, Conclude Regular Season This Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team will look to build on its current six game winning streak as they conclude regular season GLIAC play this week.

The Panthers will host Ferris State for a midweek match on Thursday night, and then will travel to Lake Erie to conclude the regular season on Saturday. The Ferris State match will be the Panthers annual Pink Game. There will be ODU apparel, and pink shirts for sell, as well as chocolate soccer cookies will be available with a donation. All proceeds go to Team JJ.

JJ is a 32 year old wife and mom who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  JJ has two young sons, ages 3 1/2 and 10 months.  She has undergone 2 surgeries this month and will continue treatment through the Holidays and the New Year.  Her prognosis is very good, but the road ahead won't always be the easiest.

Currently ODU is on their longest winning streak of the season at six matches. The current stretch, which started on October 5, includes wins over three teams in the top eight of the GLIAC. With the winning streak, the Panthers are now receiving votes to be in the NSCAA Division II Top 25 Poll.

The Panthers have been led offensively by junior Lauren Pratt (West Chester, OH) and senior Jordan Mazzi (Sunbury, OH). Pratt has been a part of many goals during this current winning streak with four goals and two assists, including the game winner in overtime against Walsh this past Friday. Mazzi has added three goals and one assist in the past six matches.

Pratt and Mazzi are tied for seventh all-time in career goals at ODU with 19 each. Pratt also ranks sixth in assists, 11, and points, 49 at ODU. Mazzi finds herself ranked tied for ninth in points all-time with 40. She has also played in 70 matches, which is just five short of tying the all-time mark.

The Black and Gold defense has also played well giving up only five goals in the past six matches for a goals against average of 0.80. Senior Laura Clark (Lapeer, MI) has been a key contributor, as she has not allowed a goal this season as she returns from an illness the first half of the season. Clark ranks first in many career goalkeeping statistics including games played (58), minutes played (5,242), goals against average (0.76), and shutouts (21).

Currently, the Panthers sit just three points out of first place in the GLIAC standings and hold their own destiny to own the tiebreaker to host the conference tournament. ODU defeated Grand Valley State, current leader, 1-0 two weeks ago.

The Panthers will host Ferris State on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. for the Pink Game. All-time, ODU holds a 3-1-1 record against the Bulldogs.

Ferris State comes into the week ranked fifth in the GLIAC with a 5-5-1 mark in the conference. The Bulldogs hold a 6-8-2 record overall, but have played nationally ranked Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State twice, playing each in a non-conference and conference matchup.

FSU also comes in playing well in its past six matches holding a 4-2-0 record during that span. Casey Shauman is leading the way offensively for the Bulldogs this season as she has nine goals and six assists, totaling to 24 points. Riley Wood has also added five goals for FSU this season, including three in the past five matches.

After hosting Ferris State, the Panthers will travel to Lake Erie to wrap up regular season play. The Panthers and Storm have met four times previously with ODU holding a 3-1-0 advantage. The Storm comes into the week 7-8-1 overall and 3-6-1 in the GLIAC.

Lake Erie is led by Ashley Pryce who has three goals on the season. Sarah Stroope, goalkeeper for the Storm, has a 5-5-0 record and a goals against average of 1.67.

The two teams are scheduled to kickoff at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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