The Mount Union women’s soccer team entered Sunday’s game against Otterbein looking to end a three-game losing streak against the Cardinals. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they fell to Otterbein by a score of 2-0 and have yet to win against Otterbein in over a decade.
From the jump, the Cardinals were in control of the game. Over the course of the first fifteen minutes of the game, the Raiders were barely able to advance the ball past midfield and the Cardinals were constantly on the attack. After putting shot after shot at Mount Union goalie Claudia Wilson, the Cardinals finally opened the scoring in the 30th minute when Myiah Kelley put a shot into the upper, right corner on the goal. As the first half went on the Raiders managed to begin advancing the ball and putting some pressure on the Cardinals defense. However, they would not make the Otterbein defense sweat in the opening half as Mount Union only got two shots off.
The second half went very similarly to the first as Otterbein continued to stay comfortably in the driver seat. The Mount Union defense stood strong to start the half but, in the 31st minute, Delaney Earl put a shot past Wilson to pick up the insurance goal for Otterbein. In the second half, the Raiders were better defensively as they limited Otterbein to ten shots after allowing seventeen in the opening forty-five minutes. Offensively, the Raiders managed to consistently drive into Otterbein territory but were unable to convert either of their two second-half shots-on-goal.
With the loss, the Raiders fell to 0-1 (0-1 OAC) on the season and will continue to chase their first win of the season on Thursday, March 18, 2021, when they travel to University Heights, Ohio to take on John Carroll University (7:00 PM).