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Cards strike early in win over Big Red

Dylan Brown  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Dylan Brown | Photo by Jace Delgado

WESTERVILLE, Ohio--  Otterbein's Kennedy Mensah scored two minutes into the match and Bryan Luckscheiter added a second goal nine minutes later.  The early offense allowed the Cardinals to hold off Denison for the 2-1 win on Wednesday night.

Otterbein got off to a fast start as Mensah took a shot-on-goal that was saved by Denison's Dylan Brown just 24 seconds into the contest.  About 90 seconds later, Otterbein's Zach Barwick assisted on Mensah's fifth goal of the season.

The second goal came to fruition after Zach Lewis headed the ball toward Luckscheiter who followed with a header of his own to give his team a 2-0 lead.  In the first 12 minutes of the match, Otterbein took seven shots and Brown was forced to make four saves.

Unfortunately for Denison, Brown's busy night continued, but the first-year keeper was stout the rest of the way.  Over the final 78 minutes, he faced 17 more shots and racked up 14 saves.  That broke the Denison single-game record for saves which was 12, set by John Huddleston against Capital University on Sept. 28, 2010.

Trailing 2-0 at the intermission, Denison got on the board in the 51st minute when senior Max Haupt sent a corner kick into the box where it was received by Tucker Nuzum-Clark.  His shot to the far post made it past Otterbein keeper Collin Hoffmann to make it a one-goal contest.

In the 60th minute, DU's Will Rudolph took a shot that was saved by Hoffmann.  After a yellow card on Otterbein in the 65th minute, Denison's Nuzum-Clark took a shot that had to be saved by Hoffman. 

Over the final 20 minutes, Denison attempted two shots but did not place any on-frame.

The Cardinals outshot Denison 24-12 and the two teams tied with six corner kicks apiece.  Hoffman notched eight saves for Otterbein (5-2) while Brown ended with the record-breaking 14 save night.

Nuzum-Clark led Denison with three shots while Brandon Kozak and Rudolph added two, each.

The Big Red will try and get back on track this Saturday (Sept. 23) when they open North Coast Athletic Conference play against Allegheny College at 2 p.m.