Sept. 3, 2011
Philadelphia, Pa. - Cathryn Altdoerffer and Brooke Edwards each scored twice and three other Bobcats tallied goals in Ohio's 7-2 victory over St. Joseph's on Saturday afternoon. The 'Cats moved to 4-0 with the victory.
“I’m really happy with the win,” Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. “We moved the ball extremely well through the midfield, Jessica Jue dominated play on the right side of the field. I’m very pleased with the unselfishness in front of goal today and how different players were setting each other up.”
SJU had the first couple scoring chances of the game and forced a save from Jen McGill but Ohio made the initial dent on the scoreboard. At 7:44, Edwards deflected a shot taken by Katherine Fenzel to give the Green & White a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, Jessica Jue fired a quick pass in from the right side to Laura Mastro and the sophomore scored her first goal of the season for a 2-0 Bobcat lead.
SJU got on the board in the 14th minute when Ellen Rowe converted on a penalty corner to cut the Ohio lead in half.
The score remained that way until the waning moments of the half when Ohio capitalized off a penalty corner. Louzeth Schutte collected the entry feed and passed it off to Altdoerffer who drilled it past the SJU goalkeeper for a 3-1 lead at the intermission.
"Our team has been clicking really well so far this season," Altdoerffer said. "We’ve been scoring more goals than last season and it’s been great so far. Things are really looking good, even better than the past few years. We just seem really strong in all facets."
Each team had eight shots in the half with McGill making four saves for the ‘Cats. The senior goalkeeper finished the day with saves as SJU took 16 shots, 10 on goal and held a 10-4 edge in penalty corners.
Leading 3-1 to start the second half, Ohio added another on an acrobatic display by Marissa Higgins. The junior scored her first goal as Bobcat with a diving attempt at 50:02. Three minutes later, it was Taylor Brown with a long shot from near the top of the circle to make it 5-1.
"Marissa was fantastic," Macmillan said. "She threw herself on the ground to get it past the keeper. What a way to get her first goal!"
After Rowe’s second goal pulled one back for the Hawks, Altdoerffer scored her second of the afternoon. Jue sent the penalty corner into Mastro, who then found Altoderffer for the score. With less than two minutes remaining, it was Edwards scoring her second of the day after being setup by Andrea Biegalksi. Edwards is now tied with Jue for the team lead with nine points apiece.
"Our team did really well passing and scoring today," Edwards said. "It was a different surface than what we are used to and we adjusted to it nicely. Both assists were due to outstanding play from my teammates. They put me in position to score. We’ve never been 4-0 since I've been here so it’s a great start for us and hopefully we can continue."
Ohio plays Temple tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m.