Oct. 2, 2010

Courtesy of Otterbein

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO - Sophomore Rachel Denz scored her first career goal late in the second half as #5 Otterbein earned a 1-0 victory at John Carroll Saturday afternoon to open conference play.

The Cardinals, who tied John Carroll the previous two meetings, uses the win to move to 8-0-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The loss drops the Blue Streaks to 3-6-2 overall and 0-1 in league play.

Rachel Denz
Rachel Denz scored her first career goal to give Otterbein the 1-0 win.
The first half featured strong defensive play from both sides, and the Cards would hold a slim 4-3 shot advantage at the break.

Otterbein out-shot Carroll 4-3 over the first 30 minutes of the second half, and made its fifth shot count when senior Laura Vasbinder scooted a pass into the box and past a Blue Streak defender.

An incoming Denz made her way to the ball and deposited it into the right side of the net for what would be the eventual winning goal.

The Cards held a 10-7 advantage in shots as well as a 6-2 edge on corner kicks.

Both Tara Carter and JCU goalkeeper Molly Gradkowski stopped three shots in goal.