COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team will host a matchup of G-MAC and GLIAC schools in four games this weekend. Fellow Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) team, Alderson Broaddus will join Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schools, Saginaw Valley and Northwood as the teams to play at Panther Stadium this weekend.
After scrimmages with Denison and Charleston in the preseason, Ohio Dominican is ready to begin their season The Panthers will play Saginaw Valley at 7:30 pm on Friday night and Northwood on Sunday, September 2 at 2:30 pm.
About Ohio Dominican
Ohio Dominican returns 20 athletes and brought in 13 more to campus from a year ago. The Panthers went 16-5-2 overall and 11-2-1 in the G-MAC and notched their second NCAA Tournament in four years. The women's soccer program was projected to get second in the G-MAC this year according to the coaches poll.
Leading the offense for the Panthers will be junior Becca Gordon (Johnstown Ohio) and sophomore Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio). Gordon was third on the team a year ago with nine goals and 21 points while Buck had five goals and led the team with seven assists.
Leading the defense will be senior goalkeeper Marissa Wierzbicki (Powell, Ohio) and Lindsay Buten (Cincinnati, Ohio) who were both first team all-conference athletes a year ago and helped lead a defense to nine shutouts a year ago.
About Saginaw Valley
Saginaw Valley was projected to finish fourth in the GLIAC as voted upon by the coaches.
The Cardinals bring back nine players who had at least nine starts a year ago. Leading their offense will be Valentina Giambanco and Molly Vanderhoff who posted 17 and 13 points, respectively a year ago.
Leading the defense for the Cardinals will be Jenna Muana and Samantha Dunn who started all 17 games in the back line a year ago.
Northwood was projected to finish ninth in the GLIAC preseason poll as voted upon by the coaches of the conference.
The Timberwolves bring back 13 athletes and bring in 11 to their program. Ashton Brooks will lead the Timberwolves offense again this year as she led the team a year ago with 10 goals and 21 points. Leading the defense for Northwood will be the goalkeeper Julia Luzod who recorded 83 saves a year ago.
Contact: Andrew Cugliari