Ohio State's Kendyl Reed stretches to keep Arizona's Kristin Strother off the ball in the first half. The Buckeyes scored once in the first half and added four more goals after the break. Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star

One by one, members of the Arizona soccer team walked out of the locker room.

Following a 5-1 loss to Ohio State on Sunday at Murphey Stadium in the Cats Classic, the players weren't upbeat - but few heads were down.

"The coaches spoke to them, and the response is what we were hoping for - nobody was complaining, nobody was pointing any fingers," coach Lisa Oyen said.

"We are trying to find solutions."

One solution the coaching staff might have them work on this week is taking extra penalty kicks in practice.

After having one saved during Friday's 1-1 tie with Central Florida, the Wildcats (2-4-2) missed an opportunity to take the lead just 28 seconds into the game when Macke Mutz hit the goalpost after sending goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner the wrong way.

Having been let off the hook early, the Buckeyes (6-2-1) took control of the rest of the game, using through-balls and combination play up top to make the Arizona defense dizzy.

Ohio State got its breakthrough in the 36th minute when Colleen Brady and Genna Brand combined down the left flank. Paige Maxwell struck Brand's low cross past goalkeeper Ashley Jett to make it 1-0.

The Buckeyes then raided Arizona for four second-half goals.

Tiffany Cameron got on the end of Lauren Steuer's cross on a Buckeyes counter-attack to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute.

Steuer later found Lauren Granberg for a wide-open header at the top of the 6-yard box in the 60th for the Buckeyes' third goal.

Aly Walker scored Ohio State's fourth goal in the 65th minute, and Brand made it 5-0 in the 72nd.

"(Ohio State) is one of those teams where they tried to combine a lot up top," Oyen said. "They weren't very direct, and made sure they had lots of different options."

Arizona got a consolation goal from Jensen Skinner, who scored directly from a corner kick just a minute later.

It was Skinner's third goal of the season.

Corner kicks

• Arizona was without Renae Cuellar (undisclosed injury) for the second consecutive game.

• In the earlier game, Central Florida routed Arizona State 5-0.