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Harlan's hat trick powers Big Red past Cards

Lydia Harlan's first-career hat trick powered Denison past Otterbein.
Lydia Harlan's first-career hat trick powered Denison past Otterbein.

First-year Lydia Harlan logged her first-career hat trick as the Denison Big Red shut out regional rival Otterbein University on Wednesday evening in Westerville, Ohio.

Prior to tonight's contest, the Big Red offense had only produced five goals in five matches, all of which came in the second half.

All that changed when Harlan gave DU a 1-0 edge in the 11th minute after Otterbein goalie Sarah Uhlenbrock misplayed the ball.  The rookie's first-collegiate goal came on the first shot of the match.  Both teams attempted three shots over the final 30+ minutes, but the Big Red maintained their advantage heading into the intermission.

Roughly 20 minutes into the second frame Harlan struck again.  After Angie Coderre sent her initial header off the crossbar, Harlan headed in the rebound to give Denison a 2-0 lead.  The Big Red put the final nail in the coffin at 84:46 when Jenny Dean sent a cross to the far post that was once again headed in by Harlan.

Sophomore Andrea Karl stopped all three shots on goal, while Uhlenbrock also logged three saves.  Harlan posted a game-high five shots, all of which were on net.

Both squads attempted eight shots, while the Cardinals had 12 corners compared to two by DU.  Additionally, the Otterbein attack was caught offsides three times.

The victory snapped a six-match winless streak against Otterbein.  Denison's last win over the Cards was a 2-1 decision on Sept. 18, 2007 at Barclay-Thomsen Field.  The last time DU defeated Otterbein at Clements Field in Westerville was Sept. 18, 2004 (3-2).

Denison improves to 3-2-1 on the year, while the Cardinals fall to 2-3.  Denison returns to the pitch on Saturday (Sept. 17) when they host North Coast Athletic Conference newcomer DePauw at 12 p.m.  A live video feed will be provided by the Denison Sports Network.