Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Otterbein Athletics

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – After beating an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) team 1-0 in last year’s opening round, the Otterbein women’s soccer team does it again this season, playing its way to a 1-0 victory over Frostburg State (MD) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament Saturday at Clements Field.

Otterbein improves to 19-1-1 on the season while Frostburg State finishes its year at 18-4.

Otterbein controlled the majority of the opening half, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime after out-shooting the Bobcats 8-1 over the first 45 minutes.The Cards, ranked ninth nationally, wasted no time getting on the board as senior Becky Bowser took a pass from fellow senior Carly Dent off a free kick and put it into the back of the net just 4:12 into the game.

OC controlled the ball early in the second half, nearly scoring when junior Rachel Degen just missed high on a ball she chipped from 30 yards out.

Frostburg State then went on the attack, firing back-to-back shots in the 64th minute. However, a Lauren Russell shot was blocked and Cassie Donahue saw hers brought in by OC keeper Tara Carter to sustain the 1-0 advantage.

The Bobcats saw their best chance at the 77:36 mark, but Carter made a quick save on a header attempt from FSU’s Heather Fleishell.

Otterbein was able to hold Frostburg for the remainder of the game, recording the 17th shutout this season.

The Cardinals held a 13-6 edge in shots as well as an 8-0 corner-kick advantage.

Carter stopped three shots in goal for Otterbein while Stephanie Gwinn recorded all three saves for Frostburg State in the opening 45 minutes. Michelle Buckmaster played the second half in goal for FSU.

With the victory, Otterbein moves on to play Denison in the second round, schedule for 1 p.m. Sunday at Clements Field. The Big Red defeated Transylvania (KY) 2-0 in the second game of the day.