COLUMBUS, Ohio —Two first half goals powered Ohio Dominican women's soccer past No. 11 Truman State, 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Panther Stadium.
The win marks the first time ODU has topped a ranked opponent since it knocked off third-ranked Grand Valley State 1-0 on October 17, 2014.
Truman (0-1-1, 0-0-0 GLVC) had not given up two goals in a match since the 2015 season and allowed just seven goals total in 2016 en route to the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular season championship, but the Panther offense gave the Bulldogs all they could handle and more. Ohio Dominican outshot TSU 14-6 and five corner kicks in the first half helped setup the offense for ODU.
The first goal for Ohio Dominican came on a corner kick from junior Allie Atkinson (Ontario, Ohio), who found senior Alli Pavlik (Cortland, Ohio) for a header from the close left wing for her 20th goal as a Panther and her first of 2017 to put Ohio Dominican out in front, 1-0 in the 14th minute.
ODU (1-1-0, 0-0-0 G-MAC) added to its lead in the 23rd minute when senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) scored the first goal of her Panther career after a shot by junior Susan D'Isidoro (Twinsburg, Ohio) was blocked. Bates recovered the shot and put a forceful shot of her own to the back of the net, increasing Ohio Dominican's advantage to 2-0.
Truman tallied three shots in the first 10 minutes but staunch defense by the Panthers held the Bulldogs to just three more shots for the remainder of the match. Sophomore Cheyenne Story (Canfield, Ohio) helped anchor a defense that held Truman to half its shot average from a season ago at 12 per match.
"I'm incredibly proud of the way our team played and supported each other," ODU head coach Aimee Haywood said. "Their mindset going into the game was the biggest difference maker for us today and it was clear that we played more to our full potential from the opening whistle. A huge win for us."
Ohio Dominican hosts Findlay on Wednesday night at Panther Stadium in its first Great Midwest Athletic Conference match.
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