Sophomore Shelbi Otte missed almost five weeks and seven games because of an injury. While the rust continues to fall off from her hiatus, Otte delivered in a big way to help the No. 1-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team on Friday.
Otte drove a laser beam past Northern Oklahoma goalkeeper Angel Burdette in the 52nd minute on Friday at the USD 308 Athletic Complex and lead the top-ranked Lady Dragons past the No. 19 Mavericks 2-0.
Playing just her second game since returning from her injury, Otte scored her fourth goal of the season and second career game-winning goal when she took a pass from Courtney Gahagan and drove the ball past Burdette from the right side about 10 yards out to break a scoreless tie at the 51:49 mark.
The assist by Gahagan tied a single-season record with her fourth game-winning assist of the season. That mark also ties for fourth most in a career.
Hutchinson (12-0) dominated the ball possession, outshooting the Mavericks (9-4) 32-4 and 16-3 in shots on goal. But several times, especially in the opening half, the Lady Dragons’ advances bogged down in the midfield. HCC couldn’t do anything with seven first-half corner kicks.
Despite going into a stiff northerly wind, the Lady Dragons sustained more offensive runs in the second half and Otte, who came off the bench in the game, sparked Hutchinson with her play.
Freshman Danielle Sheehy gave the Lady Dragons an insurance goal when she netted her 29th of the season on Nicole Cronin’s 11th assist of the season in the 87th minute for a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Dragons didn’t let the nationally ranked Mavericks generate much offensively. The three saves that HCC sophomore Eunice Figueroa made were off of free kicks and Northern Oklahoma didn’t generate much else in terms of quality scoring chances.
Figueroa posted her ninth career shutout and her 22nd career victory, which tied Michelle McElroy for second on HCC’s career list.
Burdette had 14 saves for Northern Oklahoma.
The Lady Dragons will play host to Coffeyville at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the USD 308 Athletic Complex.
GAME NOTES – HCC won its ninth game in a row against Northern Oklahoma and leads the all-time series with the Mavericks 11-4. … Danielle Sheehy tied the single-season record for shots a 120. … Shelbi Otte’s goal was her 12th career goal. … HCC is 7-0 at home this season. … HCC had eight corner kicks to NOC’s one. … Eleven fouls were called on HCC, 10 on Northern Oklahoma.
(HCC Sports Information)