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2001 - The season goal was to earn the program's first trip to the OAC Post-Season Tournament.  We were just minutes away from falling short of that goal until Patience Denz scored her first collegiate goal in Overtime (vs Muskingum).

2002 - The plan in 1999 was to steadily improve, working toward a 2002 OAC Championship.  In 2002, that goal was accomplished with a 4-0 win over Mount Union.  It was the Cardinals' first ever OAC Championship in Women's Soccer.

2004 - The Cardinals celebrate Karen Beer's Game-Winning Goal in the '04 OAC Final at Capital University (in front of 750 fans).

2004 - After going 15-2-2 in 2003, allowing just 5 goals and losing 0-1 in the OAC Final, the Cardinals bounced back and won the '04 Final 1-0, . . . sending the team to it's first NCAA Tournament.

2004 - After earning a Bye though the first round, the Cardinals travelled to the University of Mary Washington for their first NCAA match.  The game ended in a 0-0 Draw with UMW advancing after the 9th round of a Shootout.

2005 - The '05 Cardinals were the first team to win both the OAC Regular Season and the OAC Tournament.  The season came to a close after a Shootout in the NCAA Sweet 16.  The Cards finished 20-1-1 with 12 Shutouts and 66 Goals Scored (18 more than the next best season at Otterbein).

2005 - Chanel Smith and Mandi Wroblewski celebrate with Karen Beers , while Karen gives credit to Sara Vasbinder for the pass that created the goal.  The Cards beat '02 and '03 National Champions Ohio Wesleyan 4-1 at home during this NCAA second round match.

2006 - Cardinals swarm Becky Bowser after her contribution to the 3-0 OAC Semi-Final Win over Wilmington on a rain soaked / muddy Clements Field.

2008 - Lindsey Rudibaugh headed home a 5th minute Sarah Sharbaugh cross at Crew Stadium to beat Capital and win the OAC.  She got 40 yards from goal before her teammates caught her and tackled her.

2008 - Rachel Degen scored the first in a 2-0 OAC Final Win over Ohio Northern.  The goal was a 25 yard drive followed by a 30 yard sprint to midfield to start the celebrations.

2008 - The second time the Cardinals won both the OAC Regular Season and OAC Tournament was also the first of three straight years doing so.

2008 - Adrienne Novak scored with "less than one minute remaining" to beat undefeated Penn State Altoona 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

2008 - The '08 season ended with a 0-1 loss to Amherst (MA) at William Smith (NY) just before Thanksgiving.  It was 12 degrees with the Wind Chill in single digits.  The team finished 8th nationally, with an 18-2-2 record.

2009 - From 1987-1998 the Cardinals struggled to a 35-134-7 record.  With Lindsey Rudibaugh's Overtime Game-Winner at home against Ohio Wesleyan, the program finally tipped the scales to the winning side at

179-178-23.  Alumni Lauren Thompson and Patience Denz celebrated with coaches and current players.

2009 - The Cardinals win another double, OAC Regular Season Champions and Tournament Champions.

2009 - The '09 Cardinals finished the season 10th in the country at 20-2-1 (with 18 Shutouts) after giving up a double overtime Golden Goal to defending (and soon to be back-to-back) National Champions Messiah.

2010 - At 17-0-1, the Cardinals sat #3 nationally in the NSCAA Rankings, but 7th in the region in the only set of rankings that mattered, the NCAA.  The Cardinals had to win the OAC Final to go to the NCAA Tournament and did through a Tara Smith Overtime Header.  This picture taken just a second after the ball hit the back of the net.

2010 - After beating Calvin  (MI) and 2009 Finalist Washington University (MO) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinals won back-to-back Shootouts against Loras (IA) and Denison to advance to the Final Four.

2010 - After one more Shootout, the OCWS season came to a close at 20-0-4 with 21 Shutouts and just 4 goals allowed.  The team finished 3rd nationally, missing the Championship Match by one day.

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