Ohio entered its matchup against Central Michigan with a chance to snap a two-match losing streak. It also could move into second place in the Mid-American Conference standings.
They accomplished both of those with a 6-1 victory over Central Michigan. For the second time all season, Ohio scored six goals. While Central Michigan sits at the bottom of the MAC standings, coach Ali Johnstone preached to her team to not overlook the Chippewas.
Ohio (6-5, 3-1 MAC) controlled the tempo the entire match and dominated with four goals in the first half. Junior Emma Spinetto started off the match by scoring her third goal of the season early in the first quarter. Senior Karynne Baker added two more goals before halftime and provided an assist later in the match.
Sitting with a comfortable second half lead, Ohio was in cruise control the rest of the match. After a scoreless third quarter, Central Michigan scored its only goal of the match. The Bobcats quickly responded late in the fourth quarter with a Lucy Davis goal, which capped a great overall game for the team.
Ohio led the match in total shots, outshooting Central Michigan 18-14. Fourteen of Ohio’s 18 shots were on goal.
While the Bobcats hoped for an undefeated two-match road trip, they should be satisfied with both matches: Ohio only allowed two goals all weekend, and it showed improvements after it had allowed an average of 3.33 goals per match.
Most importantly, though, the Bobcats secured another MAC win and surpassed their mark of two conference wins last season.
Ohio has two MAC matches remaining and will face Ball State and Miami. Both matches figure to be some of the most important matches of the season, as Ohio hopes to get the best possible seeding for the MAC tournament. The Bobcats will face Ball State on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.