Third Quarter Push Leads to Comfortable Win Over Otterbein
WOOSTER, Ohio – A three-goal splurge during the last four minutes of the third quarter allowed The College of Wooster to take a commanding 8-3 lead into the fourth quarter and the Fighting Scots went on to a 9-5 victory over Otterbein University Wednesday night on Andrew Turf Field at John P. Papp Stadium.
Wooster (5-3) seemed to be getting the better of Otterbein (5-4) throughout, but was ahead just 5-3 towards the tail end of the third. The Scots' key three-goal run began when they took advantage of a man-up opportunity as Matt Ranck scored at the 3:54 mark after it appeared his initial shot was saved.
Less than two minutes later, another scramble in front of the Cardinals net resulted in a Ranck-to-Harry Kemp goal. Wooster won the ensuing face-off and tacked on another score when Jake Bernard got an inside lane towards the cage and beat the 'keeper for an 8-3 cushion with :52 remaining.
While Otterbein outscored the Scots in the fourth quarter 2-1, the visitors never threatened to take the lead.
During the first half, Wooster overcame an early 1-0 deficit, accounting for five of the next six scores, including two over the final three minutes for a 5-2 advantage.
Wooster returns to North Coast Athletic Conference action Saturday, traveling to winless DePauw University (0-8, 0-2 NCAC).