By: Edward Perez – Staff Writer
In front of a crowd of 1,400 fans, the Dayton’s women’s soccer team picked up a 4-0 win against Ohio University Sept. 19.
From the sound of the first whistle, the Flyers stayed on the ball, looking calm and composed, when OU struggled to take any possession of the ball.
Twenty-two minutes into the game, junior forward Ashley Campbell found the net and began a career night.
Campbell finished with a hat trick.
The Flyers dominated possession during the next few moments, keeping the Bobcats at an arms length.
Seven minutes after her first goal, Campbell received a pass from freshman forward Alexis Kiehl, near the 18-yard line. After adjusting her position, she shot the ball just inches past the hands of Ohio’s keeper into the bottom left corner of the net. Only 30 minutes into the match, the Flyers stamped their dominance on Ohio, who would never recover from the 2-0 deficit.
Moments later, Dayton attempted their third corner kick of the game. Junior midfielder Nicole Waters’ cross found an unguarded Campbell on the right side of Ohio’s box.
Statistically, Dayton dominated through an offense that outshot Ohio 27-8 and a defense that held the Bobcats to one shot on goal.
With a 3-0 lead, Dayton continued attacking. As the closing moments of the match drew near, senior forward Kelsey Smigel laid the ball off to Waters near the outside of the 18-yard line. Waters ended the scoring with the fourth team goal in the 79th minute.
Finishing the match with an assist and a goal, Waters said, “It felt very good after coming out from an 8-0 loss, it felt pretty amazing.”
“It felt awesome,” Campbell said. “I was definitely not expecting a hat trick. It was nice to get a couple goals off some nice assists.”
Waters acknowledged junior goalkeeper Heather Betancourt for her efforts and saves, which resulted in UD’s second shutout of the season.
“It was the cherry on the top,” said Campbell referring to Betancourt’s shutout.
Head coach Mike Tucker said the 4-0 victory felt relieving.
Getting back on Baujan is a huge plus for us,” Tucker said. “Our movement up top was good and our organization in the back was good and our midfield are pretty special players, so when you put that together, it’s not bad.”