Panthers Battle the Wind, Pickup Road Victory

Photo by: Marc Miller
Photo by: Marc Miller

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team was able to navigate passes and shots through the high winds, as they tallied their first victory of the season over Cedarville by a score of 3-0.

ODU improved their record to 1-2-0 overall on the season, while the Yellow Jackets recorded their first loss of the season, dropping to 1-1-0.

The Panthers were not only tested by the Yellow Jackets, but also the high winds as it forced the players to adjust the way they passed the ball around the pitch. In a game which saw winds blow regularly at 25-30 miles per hour, and reports of 40 mph bursts, ODU was able to take advantage of an early goal by freshman Ashley Blake (Hilliard, OH). The freshman was able to beat the keeper in the fourth minute on a low shot aimed at the far post, which resulted in Blake recording her first collegiate goal.

The rest of the first half seemed to be controlled by Cedarville statistically as they had the wind at their back, and finished the first 45 minutes with seven shots, five on goal, while the Panthers recorded three shots, with Blake's being the only on net.

In the second half, when the Panthers were wind-aided, they were able to pressure the Cedarville defense as they added 13 shots. With continuous pressure, ODU was able to capitalize as junior Amanda Fowler (Mansfield, OH) was able to head one in off a long cross from Blake with just under nine minutes to play.

The Panthers were able to add another goal in the 87th minute by senior Jordan Mazzi (Galena, OH) off rebounded shot. Mazzi led the team with six shots, five coming on goal.

Freshman Kelsey Harris (Mason, OH) logged her first collegiate shutout as she made five saves as the Panthers registered their first victory of the season by a score of 3-0.

Ohio Dominican will be back in action on Sunday, September 14 as they travel to Lee University. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers Shutout Lee, Win 3-0
September 14, 2014 Panthers Shutout Lee, Win 3-0
Panthers Suffer Overtime Loss
September 7, 2014 Panthers Suffer Overtime Loss