The Ohio field hockey team sent out a warning to the rest of the Mid-American Conference as they thrashed the Ball State Cardinals at Pruitt Field, 7-0.
Jessica Vaeth, Taylor Brown, Luli Gomez Teruel and Ashley Cureton all tallied a goal for the Bobcats in the first half. Riley Higgins and two sublime strikes by Cathryn Altdoerffer provided the gloss for the ‘Cats.
Ohio (7-5, 1-1 MAC) completely dominated all the statistical categories, as they out-shot the Cardinals 26-1 and held a 16-1 advantage in penalty corners.
Ball State (3-9, 0-3 MAC) goalkeeper Shelby Henley made six saves in the contest while Bobcats goalkeeper Brittany Walker had a quiet day on the field, as she did not have to make a save in the one-sided affair.
Head coach Neil Macmillan spoke about the team’s efficient performance.
“It was a great team effort,” said Macmillan. “It is nice to get everyone involved. We played really well today.”
The Bobcats started fast scoring in the 8th minute. Vaeth scored from close range off of an assist from senior midfielder Laura Mastro to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
Ohio doubled their lead in the 13th minute. Jessica Jue found Mastro via a penalty corner, who laid the ball off for Brown, who blasted a low, hard drive in the bottom right corner of the goal to give the ‘Cats breathing room early in the first half.
Just three minutes later, Gomez Teruel notched her seventh goal of the season on a deflected effort to increase the Ohio lead to three when Brown found the Argentine via a penalty corner.
Ohio added a fourth goal right before the break on Cureton’s third goal of the season. The goal was assisted by an Altdoerffer shot that was tipped in from close range.
In the 41st minute, junior defender Riley Higgins scored the first goal of her collegiate career off of a deflected shot to give Ohio a 5-0 lead. Altdoerffer recorded her second assist of the afternoon.
Higgins spoke about her first goal in the Ohio green and white.
“It’s really exciting to score,” said Higgins. “All of my family is here in attendance, so it makes it that much more special.”
Higgins also spoke about the team’s performance against their MAC rivals.
“It is a lot more fun out there when you are winning,” said Higgins. “We have good team chemistry and everyone supports each other on the field.”
The remaining of the second half belonged to Altdoerffer, she scored in the 53rd and 54th minutes off of penalty corners to give Ohio fans more reason to cheer.
In the 53rd minute, her goal was assisted by Jessica Jue and Laura Mastro. In the 54th minute, her goal was assisted by Riley Higgins and Lauryl Desch.
Altdoerffer spoke about her performance today.
“Both of my goals were off of corners and it felt good to score,” said Altdoerffer. “I have been helping my teammates score and it was nice of them to help me score.”
Altdoerffer also spoke about the team’s performance.
“It was a lot of fun out there today,” said Altdoerffer. “It was good to connect all over the field, and other players who normally do not play got a chance to play as well.”
In a game where six different players scored, Macmillan spoke about the numerous goal scoring options he has.
“It is great when we do not have to rely on just one or two people scoring goals,” said Macmillan. “Riley (Higgins) got her first goal today, and teams cannot key on one person when they play us.”
The Bobcats will look to increase their winning streak to four games as they will play host to the #20 Michigan State Spartans on Sunday, Oct. 7th. Start time is set for 1 p.m. and the first 50 fans in attendance will receive a pink t-shirt in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Player of the Game: Cathryn Altdoerffer. A magnificent performance from the senior forward. She dominated the second half, as she claimed her second assist and her two goals. It is a little bit of a surprise that those goals were her first and second of the season, but she has contributed assists and leadership in place of her goals this season.
Ball State Verdict: They were totally out-matched by the Bobcats. They were totally dominated in the shots department, and they were lucky it was only seven goals. It is definitely a learning experience for them. The best thing they can do is put this loss behind them and try to rack up a few more wins before the end of the season.
Ohio Verdict: They are playing their best hockey of the season, as that is three wins in a row for the Bobcats. With six different goal scorers, it will be hard for teams to key on one person. A special congratulations go out to Neil Macmillan for recording his 100th win, and to Riley Higgins for her first collegiate goal. In the game today, the Bobcats wore a patch that had the initials CB. Tomorrow after the game against the Spartans, they will honor former coach Catherine Brown, who died August 6th.