Sept. 26, 2010

Courtesy Of Otterbein Athletics

Otterbein, ranked fourth nationally by the NSCAA, used a late goal from sophomore Molly Kroger and escaped with a 1-0 victory at Carnegie Mellon Saturday afternoon.

In addition, senior goalkeeper Tara Carter recorded her 41st career shutout to set a new school record, breaking Katie Chrien's mark of 40 set back in her playing career from 2002-2005.

The Cards saw a handful of opportunities in the opening half, including a shot from Lindsey Rudibaugh in the last minute before halftime that was saved by the Tartan keeper.

The game would head to halftime locked at 0-0 with the Cards holding a 7-3 shot advantage.

It appeared as if Carnegie Mellon would take a lead in the 74th minute when Carter came out of the goal on a Tartan corner kick and a shot was heading towards the middle of the goal. However, midfielder Cristen Herold was there to clear the ball off the line and preserve the scoreless tie.

Otterbein continued to battle in a game that saw 25 combines fouls, and would eventually put away the deciding goal in the 84th minute when Kroger converted a header on a corner kick from Herold.

It was the second time the two have connected this week, as Herold found Korger on a corner kick for a goal Wednesday at Ohio Wesleyan.

Otterbein held a 13-7 shot advantage while the Tartans took seven corners compared to Otterbein's six.

The team has the middle of the week off before traveling to open conference play at John Carroll next Saturday, October 2, in University Heights. Starting time is set for 2:30 p.m.