ATHENS, Ohio -Luli Gomez Teruel scored five goals as Ohio pounded Radford 9-0 this afternoon in a game halted twice by inclement weather.
"Luli comes in and she's got great talent and ability," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "To see her on the scoresheet like that is fantastic, not many people can score five in a game. I guess the old saying is true, when it rains it pours, both in reference to the weather and her scoring. I thought as a team, we adapted really well and continued playing like we should despite the delay at the start and during the first half."
The reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week Taylor Brown also had a massive game with a goal and four assists. She tied former Bobcat Andrea Voros for fifth place all-time with 34 goals in her career.
"Coming off the loss to Syracuse we had a really tough week of practice and that really put things in perspective," Brown said. "We came out here with everything we had and really focused on our passing and our movement. I think we capitalized on everything we worked on these last couple days."
"To see Taylor go from Offensive Player of the Week to setting up others is fantastic," Macmillan added. "Our entire forward line did a great job today."
Jessica Jue, Caelyn Hartley and Marissa Higgins all scored as well for the Green and White who scored their most goals in a game since a 9-1 victory over Ball State last season. It's the largest margin of victory for the `Cats since a 9-0 win over Miami in 2001.
Higgins notched an assist for the first multi--point game of her career while Adele Sammons and Nicole van Batenburg recorded their first points in Ohio uniforms with helpers of their own. Cathryn Altdoerffer also notched an assist for her first point of the season.
"I think we played really fluid hockey," Macmillan said. "We moved the ball around and our passing was a key that we wanted to address going into this game and I think that was something we did well. That led to players running through and a lot of open shots, which was nice to see."
Brittany Walker was untested in goal and registered her first career shutout. Ohio out-shot Radford for the game, 29-3, and held an 11-2 edge in penalty corners.
Ohio has a big weekend coming up with contests against nationally-ranked Louisville next Saturday and Big Ten opponent Indiana on Sunday. Both games will be played in Bloomington, Ind.