Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers and his team knew that Dayton was going to try its hardest to end its four-game losing streak in front of its home fans.
Even though Ohio had a couple of decent chances to take the early lead, it had no answer for forward Ashley Campbell.
Campbell, a junior, scored a hat trick in 34 minutes, which helped the Flyers defeat the Bobcats, 4-0, at Baujan Field on Friday night.
Ohio, who won its previous two games before tonight, started the game better than Dayton. In the fourth minute, Dayton goalkeeper Elizabeth James tried to clear the ball away from danger, but her attempt found the feet of Carly Manso. Manso was unable to hit her shot with much power, which allowed James to make the save.
Four minutes later, Ohio (3-5-0) came close to scoring first. Lexi Milesky ran down the left side of the field, and crossed the ball into the middle of the penalty box. Leah Sandercock tried to shoot the ball, but she couldn’t beat James with her attempt at goal.
In the 20th minute, Dayton (3-5-1) created its first legitimate chance of the game. Nicole Waters executed a corner kick from the right side of the field, and after Ohio cleared the ball away from the penalty box, Haley Keller tried her luck from outside the penalty box, but Amari was able to make the save.
Three minutes after Keller’s chance, Dayton took the lead. Campbell was on the left side of the field, and her shot from 25 yards beat Amari and found the upper right corner of the net.
On 30 minutes, Campbell doubled Dayton’s lead. Alexis Kiehl passed the ball to Campbell in the middle of the field, and Campbell’s right-footed shot went past Amari and into the bottom left corner of the net.
In the 34th minute, Campbell completed her hat trick. Waters hit a corner kick from the left side of the field, and Campbell ran into the penalty box unmarked and hit a one-timer with her right foot into the upper left corner of the net.
Ohio had a chance to score a goal before halftime. Carly Manso hit a corner kick from the right side of the field, and her pass found Hannah Jaggers, but her header went into the hands of James.
In the second half, Megan Niebuhr had an opportunity to give Ohio its first goal of the game. Niebuhr, a freshman, hit a shot toward goal in the 62nd minute, but her shot went over the goal.
With 10 minutes to go, Waters added a goal from 20 yards out to give Dayton a 4-0 lead.
Ohio is now 0-6-0 all-time against the Flyers with the loss.
The Bobcats will now have a week to prepare for MAC play. Ohio will host Akron on Friday at 4 p.m.