Ohio Dominates Ball State for First MAC Win

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Ohio head coach Neil MacMillan recorded his 100th career win and first MAC win of the season by dominating Ball State 7-0.

Ohio (7-5) controlled the game from the start and never allowed Ball State (3-9) any chance to score.

The Bobcats took 26 shots—13 on goal—while Ball State could only muster one shot.

“(It was a) great team effort.  We really did a good job of involving everybody today,” MacMillan said.  “Not only playing them off the bench, but really involving them with how we moved the ball and I thought we did a really good job of passing and just our team play which is what we try to set the tone for all year.”

In the first half, the Bobcats scored three times in the first 15 minutes on goals by Jessica Vaeth—her first this season—Taylor Brown and Luli Gomez Teruel.

Ohio would tack on another goal right before halftime by Ashley Cureton in the 33rd minute. 

In the first half alone, Ohio had seven penalty corners while only allowing one to Ball State.  This allowed Ohio to take 11 shots to Ball State’s one shot and add to its early lead.

In the second half, Ohio came out staying aggressive on offense and defense.  Riley Higgins scored her first goal of the season five minutes into the half to make it 5-0. 

Then in the 52nd and 53rd minutes, Ohio’s Cathryn Altdoerffer got her first and second goals of the season to make it 7-0.  They both came off penalty corners for the Bobcats.

“It felt really good to finally score because all season I’ve been blanked,” Altdoerffer said.  “I’ve gotten some assists which is good and it’s always good to help my teammates score, but this time they helped me score so it was really nice.”

Ohio would add 15 more shots and nine penalty corners to their total in the second half while not allowing a single shot or penalty corner to Ball State.

Ohio was led by Cathryn Altdoerffer who had two goals and two assists on the day.  Also, Laura Mastro led the ‘Cats with three assists.

Ohio has a quick turnaround as they host No. 20 Michigan State Sunday.