NCAC Weekly Release (10-29-12) - Women's Soccer
Wittenberg (7-0-1, 11-3-3) earned its second North Coast championship with a pair of wins last week. The Tigers defeated DePauw, 2-1, and Kenyon, 2-0, to collect their second title all-time. Ohio Wesleyan leads the league with nine titles all-time, followed by Denison (8), Allegheny (7), Wooster (5), Wittenberg (2) and Kenyon (1).
Wittenberg will enter the 2012 NCAC Tournament as the top seed after picking up a 2-0 triumph over Kenyon in the regular season finale on Saturday. The Tigers will host fourth-seeded DePauw (4-3-1, 5-10-2) in a semifinal contest at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening. Wittenberg earned a 2-1 triumph over the Tigers in Springfield in the regular season meeting between the two squads on October 23rd. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Wooster (7-1-0, 12-5-1) hosting third-seeded Denison (4-1-3, 5-10-1) at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in Wooster. The Scots defeated the Big Red, 2-0, in their regular season meeting on October 6th. The championship match is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.
Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ... Wittenberg returns to the tournament after missing out a year ago. Last year snapped the Tigers streak of seven consecutive tournament appearances of which Wittenberg won four titles ... Wooster is making its seventh tournament appearance all-time and third in a row after earning the top seed in the field of four two years ago ... Denison returns to the tournament field for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons and will look to get back into the championship match after winning the tournament with a 1-0 decision against Allegheny in 2010 ... DePauw is making its first-ever appearance at the NCAC Tournament in just its second year as a member of the league
Despite dominating the second half, DePauw scored on its only shot of the period in the 87th minute to force overtime before defeating ALLEGHENY on its first shot in overtime. The Gators finished the year having been outshot in only three games, while averaging twice as many shots as their opponents.
DENISON earned a berth into the NCAC Tournament with a 2-0 Senior Day victory on Saturday in Granville. Senior captain Sara Livingston (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst Prep) scored the game-winning goal against the Yeowomen in the 39th, while junior Emily Carlson (Lake Forest, IL/Woodlands Academy) added an insurance goal in the 76th minute.
In a win or go home match against the Allegheny Gators, DEPAUW found itself down a goal with just under four minutes to play. Junior Angela Cotherman (Lake Forest, IL/Brewster Academy) lined up a free kick from about 25 yards out and found the back of the net to equalize the match at one. Less than three minutes into overtime, the Tigers found themselves in a similar situation. Cotherman lined up yet another free kick from about the same distance and struck the ball in the upper-90 of the goal frame to send the Tigers into the NCAC Tournament. This was the first game in which DePauw scored multiple goals at home. Cotherman scored all three of DePauw’s goals for the week.
HIRAM saw its season come to an end with a pair of losses against Kenyon, 1-0, and St. John Fisher, 2-0.
KENYON got another goal from conference leader Becca Romaine (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) in a 1-0 home win against Hiram on Tuesday, but the Ladies finished their season with a 2-0 loss at Wittenberg on Saturday. Romaine wrapped up the year with a total of 13 goals.
OBERLIN saw its season come to an end with a pair of league losses against Wooster, 6-0, and Denison, 2-0.
Senior midfielder Jessie Huschart (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) scored in the second overtime to lift OHIO WESLEYAN over Denison in NCAC action. Junior goalkeeper Hannah Zacharias (Marysville, OH/Marysville) finished with six saves.
WITTENBERG wrapped up its first NCAC championship since 2007 and second since joining the league in 1989 with back-to-back victories, extending a regular-season-ending unbeaten streak to six matches with a 2-1 comeback win over DePauw and a 2-0 win over Kenyon. DePauw scored the first goal of the game on Tuesday, but Wittenberg responded with a game-tying goal from junior Lindsay Janmey (Hinckley, OH/Highland) and the game-winner from senior Grace Winzeler (Dublin, OH/Coffman). Against Kenyon, senior Kailey Striebel (Kettering, OH/Fairmont) scored the game-winner.
WOOSTER closed out the regular season with a pair of conference wins against Oberlin, 6-0, and Ohio Wesleyan, 3-2, to earn the second-seed in the NCAC Tournament.