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Ohio University plays against Western Carolina at Chessa Field on Sept. 16, 2022.

Soccer: What to expect in Ohio's first two Mid-American Conference matches

After performing well against its nonconference opponents, it's time for Ohio begin to begin Mid-American Conference play. It will travel to Kent State on Thursday and will wrap up the weekend at home against Buffalo.

Here is everything you need to know about those matchups:

Thursday Match Information

Opponent: Kent State

Venue: Dix Stadium (Kent, OH)

Time: 7 p.m.

Opponent Notes

- Kent State is 11-3-2 against Ohio since 2010, with its last win against Ohio coming last season in a close 3-2 match.

- Kent State is 0-5-2 this season. Its last game ended in a 2-1 loss to No. 22 ranked Ohio State.

- Last season, Kent State was the team that eliminated Ohio from the MAC Tournament. Ohio is looking to get early revenge this season.

Player to watch: Senior goalkeeper Sarah Melén had seven shutouts last season and has only given up more than two goals in a match once this season. Look for her to be a strong influence defensively for Kent State.

Sunday Match Information

Opponent: Buffalo

Venue: Chessa Field (Athens, OH)

Time: 1 p.m.

Opponent Notes

- Buffalo has a record of 7-5-1 against Ohio since 2010. The last time the two teams played, Ohio won 2-1.

- Buffalo is 6-1 on the season and is the only MAC school currently ranked in the in the Top 100 of the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI rankings at No. 33.

- Buffalo’s only loss this season came against No. 3 Rutgers, a 2-1 loss on the road.

Player to watch: Sophomore Jasmine Guerber leads the Bulls in many major offensive categories including goals, points, shots, and shots on goal. If the Bobcats want to limit the Bulls offensively, they are going to have to start with Guerber.

Notes on Ohio

- Ohio’s last game was a 3-0 victory at home against Western Carolina where three different players scored.

- Ohio will be playing with extra motivation against Kent State, being that Kent State eliminated it from the MAC Tournament last season.

- Ohio’s mix of youth and experience is hitting its stride this season. One aspect to watch is who starts in goal for Ohio.

Player to watch: Graduate student Abby Townsend was awarded MAC Offensive Player of the Week Monday after she logged a goal, an assist and four shots on goal against Western Carolina. The Bobcats offense will run through her this weekend.

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