COLUMBUS, Ohio — With a season-high five goals and its highest scoring output since a 13-0 win over Salem International on September 11, 2016, Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team cruised to a 5-0 victory over Lake Erie on Saturday.
The Panthers (5-2, 3-0 G-MAC) remain unbeaten in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play and have won five of their last six matches, outscoring opponents 16-5 during the span.
Senior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) led Ohio Dominican offensively with two goals. Senior Alli Pavlik (Cortland, Ohio) notched her fifth goal of the season. Junior Allie Atkinson (Ontario, Ohio) recorded her second goal of 2017, while sophomore Lindsey Sullivan (Marysville, Ohio) scored the first goal of her Panther career.
The Panther defense notched its third shutout of the year, allowing just three total shots and two shots on goal for Lake Erie.
Ohio Dominican scored its first goal in the 25th minute when Pavlik found the back of the net on a header from the close left wing after a corner kick from Atkinson, giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Sullivan struck in the 42nd minute after a save by Lake Erie keeper Marissa Brannon, increasing ODU's edge to 2-0 at the break.
In the 54th minute, Atkinson scored her second goal of the year from the far left edge of the box to push the Panther lead to 3-0.
Bates put the finishing touches on the scoring for ODU. In the 56th minute, she found the back of the net from the close left wing following a shot and save, and scored again in the 62nd minute after a deflection from a Lake Erie defender found her in scoring position, giving ODU a commanding, 5-0 lead.
The Panther defense held the Storm to just two second half shots, earning its third Great Midwest win by a final score of 5-0.
Ohio Dominican hits the road this coming week for two Great Midwest battles. The Panthers travel to Cedarville on Thursday for a match at 7 p.m., and will take on Ohio Valley on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Contact: Aaron McPherson