ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio soccer team (5-0-0) continued their unbeaten streak on Sunday (Sept. 8), defeating Southern Illinois (3-3-1), 7-0, in an offensive explosion inside Chessa Field. Ohio's seven goals are the second-most in program history and the most scored in Athens since Oct. 12, 2000 when Ohio scored seven against Northern Illinois.
Ohio also saw goals from five newcomers.
The undefeated Bobcats took the field firing against the Salukis of Southern Illinois. Sophomore forward Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) grabbed the spotlight as the star of the show in the opening 15 minutes of the game. Taking the right wing by storm with her electric speed, Townsend fired the Bobcats forward with a powerful shot on goal in the fourth minute of play.
Another quick shot was registered on goal by senior attacking midfielder Courtney Daugerdas (Libertyville, Ill.) in the fifth minute which was matched by an equally as quick stop by Freshman SIU keeper Dariana Mihalache.
Two more shots were registered on goal in the 15thminute by juniors Jenni Santacaterina (Geneva, Ill.) and Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio). However, once again SIU keeper Mihalache covered her post well, batting away both attempts.
The first attempt from the Saluiks on the attack resulted in a shot from SIU defender Maya Warrior in the 17thminute, which was easily saved by junior goalkeeper Sydney Malham (Nashville, Tenn.).
After another shot by Townsend on goal, SIU's saving grace of the first half Mihalache came up with another save in the 22ndminute. The Cats continued to pepper the SIU goal with another duo of shots registered by senior midfielder Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) in the 29thminute and freshman forward Maddie Young (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the 31stminute. Young had yet another clear sight on goal just four minutes later which was once again saved by Mihalache.
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After a duo of substitutions, bringing on freshman Tristan Whalen (LaGrange, K.y.) for Townsend and senior defender Alli Miller (Dayton, Ohio) on for junior Forward Paige Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) the Bobcats saw their breakthrough in the 38thminute from substitute Whalen, putting the Cat's on the board with the first of many goals to come.
Another shot on goal was blasted toward Miahalache by sophomore defender Olivia Sensky (Powell, Ohio), but saved right before the call for halftime.
The second half resumed with the momentum in Ohio's favor and it showed. The Bobcats registered a trio of shots from energetic freshman Heather McGuire (45thminute), Olivia Page (49thminute) and Young (50thminute) within the opening five minutes of the half.
With the pressure starting to mount on the SIU goalie, the Bobcats got their second breakthrough with forward Page delivering a beautiful ball through to McGuire for the finish, putting the Bobcats up 2-0 in the 51stminute.
A quick yellow card was show to former SIU shot taker, Maya Warrior in the 54thminute set Ohio up for their third goal of the contest and second on the day for McGuire in the 55thminute.
In a swapping of roles, former freshman assister Page turned goal scorer in the 59thminute, being assisted by than none other former goal scorers Whalen and McGuire putting the Bobcats up 4-0.
Ohio then brought in a duo of subs, Junior Paige Pappanastos (Orland Park, Ill.) for McGuire and junior Konstantina Giannou (Riza, Greece) who brought even more life to the already attacking Bobcat 11. Shortly after coming onto the field, Giannou fed through a quick ball to Young who put the chance away, putting Ohio up 5-0 in the 63rdminute.
After an uneventful 15 minutes of play the goals resumed in the 79thminute with Giannou also turning goal scorer putting the Cats up 6-0. As the game wound down, Pappanastos also contributed putting the final goal for the Cats in the back of the net racking up the score to 7-0.
Overall the Bobcats registered a total of 25 shots on goal, with two goal contributions from McGuire, and individual goals from Young, Page, Whalen, Giannou, and Pappanastos, while SIU only managed three shots on goal.
The Bobcats return to Chessa field on September 13thwhen the face Robert Morris at 4p.m.