SIU women’s soccer team

The SIU women’s soccer team goes through a conditioning drill at the start of their first-ever practice on Aug. 7 in Carbondale.

ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University scored six second-half goals to beat the SIU women's soccer team 7-0 Sunday afternoon

The first and only Ohio goal of the first half came in the match's 38th minute by way of Tristan Whalen, her first of the year. Heading into the break, the Bobcats (5-0) were outshooting the Salukis (3-3-1) 11-1, in addition to holding the advantage in corner kicks by a 3-1 margin.

The second half saw the Bobcats tack on their second and third goals of the game within the first five minutes to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Ohio added their fourth goal of the afternoon in the 59th minute off Olivia Page's first goal of the season. A fifth goal came nearly four minutes later, before Ohio added their final two goals in the last 11 minutes.

The seven goals scored by the Bobcats tied the second-most in school history and was the most in a single game since Oct. 22, 2000.

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Freshman Dariana Mihalache got the start in goal for SIU and surrendered five goals in 73 minutes. She had nine saves. Fellow freshman goalie Maddy Alaluf defended the goal for the final 16 minutes, giving up two goals and recording two saves.

As a team, the Salukis were outshot 25-5 and trailed in corner kicks 7-2. SIU trailed in the possession total, as the Bobcats had the ball nearly 57% of the time in the match.

SIU returns to action Friday when they travel to face Western Kentucky (2-2-1). The Salukis return home Sunday, Sept. 15, to take on Morehead State at 1 p.m.

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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