ATHENS, Ohio -Cathryn Altdoerffer scored her first two goals of the season and added two assists, Riley Higgins scored the first goal of her career and Head Coach Neil Macmillan won his 100th game as Ohio trounced Ball State this afternoon, 7-0.
"Just a fantastic team effort today, moving the ball well and getting so many people on the scoresheet," Macmillan said. "We were extremely efficient in our execution on corners and on the other side, our defense limited their opportunities. We said at half we wanted to keep the pressure on them and we held them without a shot over the final 35 minutes."
The Bobcats moved to 7-5 on the season as they won their first Mid-American Conference game of 2012. Macmillan, a three-time MAC coach of the Year, has led Ohio to a league title four of the last six seasons and has not hit the century mark for wins.
For Altdoerffer, she matched her personal bests for points in a single game with six. Surprisingly, the other two contests where she scored six points were both home games against Ball State in 2010 and 2011.
Ohio was the better team from the get-go, racking up 26 shots and 16 penalty corners against a Cardinal team that was coming off a victory over Indiana. Brittany Walker earned her third shutout of the season, most among MAC goalkeepers.
Jessica Vaeth got Ohio on the board in the seventh minute with her first goal of the season. Off a corner, Laura Mastro took the initial shot but a scrum ensued in front of the BSU goal. Vaeth poked it home for a 1-0 Ohio lead.
Five minutes later, the 'Cats doubled their advantage off a second corner. Jessica Jue sent the pass in toward Mastro, who then left it off for Taylor Brown. The two-time First Team All-MAC choice smashed a shot that found the back of the cage. It was the senior's seventh goal this season and she leads the team with 22 points.
Luli Gomez Teruel got back on the scoresheet in the 15th minute. Her seventh goal of the season, tied for the team lead with Brown, made it 3-0 Ohio. Coming into the game, the junior ranked second in the MAC in goals and third in points. Brown notched an assist on the conversion, giving her three in the last two games.
Altdoerffer picked up her assists on the last goal of the first half and first goal of the second half. The senior got on the score sheet when she set up Ashley Cureton, who deflected home a try for her third goal of the campaign. Altdoerffer then created a chance for Higgins', who scored her first goal as a Bobcat. The junior deflected a try through the BSU goalkeeper's legs for a 5-0 cushion.
The final two goals were mirror images of each other, albeit the players setting up the chances. Jue and Mastro orchestrated the first Altdoerffer goal from the top of the "D" and Higgins returned the favor from earlier, by helping on the seventh goal of the day, along with Lauryl Desch.
Ohio is back on the pitch tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. when it closes non-conference play with No. 10 Michigan State. The game against the Spartans will feature a pink t-shirt giveaway in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.