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After rough start, 17th-ranked ONU finds way defensively

Oct 06, 2017 - Comments: 0

Heading into this season, the Ohio Northern women’s soccer team had goals. Lofty ones.

They wanted to win the OAC regular season for the second straight year, and were predicted to do so easily by conference coaches in this year’s preseason poll (they received all nine first-place votes). They wanted to win the OAC Tournament after losing in the finals the last two seasons, and they wanted to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years.

Women’s soccer looks to bridge gap, make NCAA Tournament in 2017

Aug 18, 2017 - Comments: 0

When teams travel internationally to play preseason exhibition games, it’s usually more about the experience than the competition itself.

Even ONU women’s soccer coach Mark Batman, who took his team to Europe in the beginning of August for an 11-day foreign tour, said that “it was a good experience for [the team], but more important is the relationship and culture piece they get from that trip.

“Soccer is not the priority on that trip, it’s kind of the balance of soccer and socializing.”

That held true for most of the team, but not for McKenna Welsh.

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