Top Dawg

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A young Dawg is making a statement this week as freshman goalkeeper Grace Kraft grabs Top Dawg honors for a shutout performance.

Kraft helped their Bulldog soccer team triumph over the Panthers of Ohio Dominican when they blanked the Panthers for a 1-0 victory. Recording 13 saves on the day, Kraft moves to 2-0 in starts for the program.

The Bulldogs battled the Panthers in a long game that finally came to an end once senior defender Kate Kelly put it in the net off of a perfectly placed header on an assist from junior midfielder Rachel Fouts. Kraft had some key saves in the matchup and played through to the end until the game-ending score brought it to a close just over 102 minutes into the contest.

The lockdown performance was not Kraft’s first shutout as a Dawg. In Kraft’s very first start as a Bulldog against St. Joseph’s College, they assisted in giving the team a 4-0 victory while recording seven saves.

Kraft out-saved Ohio Dominican’s keeper 13-4 in the victory, and is no rookie when it comes to shutouts. Kraft recorded 13 total shutouts during their senior year of high school and 15 during their junior year.

The victory over Ohio Dominican was the Bulldogs’ second straight win on Top Taggart Field. The team can’t get too comfortable though, as their next game will be on the road when they head to Michigan Tech to face the Huskies. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.