The Wooster Fighting Scots used four goals to capture the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship against Wittenberg on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Fighting Scots defeated the Tigers, 4-0.
As tournament champions, Wooster earned the NCAC’s automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer tournament. Wooster is making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1996. The entire 64-team field will be revealed on Monday, Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. on NCAA.com via the selection show.
Wooster took control early in Saturday’s match with a goal from senior Erica White (Washington, Pa./Fort Cherry) in the ninth minute. The Fighting Scots extended their lead to 2-0 in the 23rd minute with goal from Devin Frisby (Goshen, Ky./Pomfret School (Conn.)). After halftime, an own goal pushed the Wooster to 3-0 before Miura Wiley (Chesire, Conn./Chesire Academy) scored the Fighting Scots fourth goal in the 48th minute.
The NCAC All-Tournament team was also revealed at the conclusion of the tournament. Twelve members from Denison, Kenyon, Wittenberg and Wooster made up the field. Wooster’s White was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Maggie Armstrong, Denison
Madison Smith, Denison
Fallon Raviol, Kenyon
Bri Maggard, Kenyon
Kelly Corbin, Wittenberg
Megan Davis, Wittenberg
Shannon Brueck, Wittenberg
Claire Davis, Wooster
Anna Hartig, Wooster
Emma Lawrence, Wooster
Devin Frisby, Wooster
Erica White, Wooster (MVP)
After two 2-1 victories in the semifinal round of the 2018 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament, second-seeded Wooster will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for the NCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Wooster is in search of its first NCAC Tournament title in program history, while Wittenberg is looking for its second-consecutive tournament crown.
In a rematch from the semifinals a season ago, second-seeded Wooster was able to earn the 2-1 win over third-seeded Kenyon. After trailing the Ladies 1-0, the Fighting Scots were able to score with under seven minutes remaining in regulation and then again before time expired to capture the semifinal victory. Junior Fallon Raviol (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) netted the first goal of the game at 35:07 to put the Ladies up 1-0 going into the half. After almost 40 minutes of scoreless action, Wooster junior Krenare Rokoci (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) sent a ball in for senior Erica White (Washington, Pa./Fort Cherry) to connect on and tie the game at 1-1. With 81 seconds remaining in regulation, White was able to find the back of the net once again, this time for the game winner. Kenyon junior Jillian Courtney (New York, N.Y./Rudolf Steiner) made seven saves, while Wooster senior Maddy Ireton (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) started in net and made one save in the first half and sophomore Molly Hutter (Wake Forest, N.C./Ravenscroft) played the second half and made two saves to collect the win. Both teams took six shots in the first half, but Wooster ended up outshooting the Ladies 16-8. The Fighting Scots also took five corner kicks to Kenyon's one.
Fourth-seeded Wittenberg was able to claim the 2-1 overtime victory against top-seeded Denison on the goals of freshman Emily Wile (Dublin, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) and sophomore Carly Stang (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard-Bradley). The Big Red got on the board first with a goal from freshman Abby King (Grosse Ile, Mich./Western Reserve Academy) off of a deep feed from junior Emma Phinney (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic). After over 44 minutes of scoreless play, Wittenberg was able to even the game with Wile's score from freshman Sydney Artis (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley). Then in overtime, Stang was able to secure the 2-1 overtime win for the Tigers in the 94 minute after connecting on a loose ball in front of the box. Freshman Patil Tcholakian (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) made three saves in net for Denison, while junior Kelly Corbin (Fallbrook, Calif./Rancho Buena Vista) captured the win after making 12 saves. The Big Red outshot the Tigers 31-8 and held the advantage in corner kicks, 8-3.
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#4 Wittenberg 2, #1 Denison 1 - Boxscore
#2 Wooster 2, #3 Kenyon 1 - Boxscore
#2 Wooster 4, #4 Wittenberg 0 - Boxscore
Denison (6-0-2) won its 10th North Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer championship after finishing the regular season with 20 points in conference play. Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan have claimed nine titles all-time, followed by Wooster (5), Wittenberg (4), Kenyon (3) and DePauw (1).
Wooster (6-2-0) finished second in the regular season standings, followed by Kenyon (4-2-2), Wittenberg (3-2-3), Oberlin (3-4-1), Ohio Wesleyan (3-5-0), DePauw (2-5-1) and Hiram (2-5-1) and Allegheny (1-5-2).
Following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 27, the seeds and pairings are now set for the 2018 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament.
The Big Red will enter the 2018 NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will entertain fourth-seeded Wittenberg on Wednesday, October 31, at 7:00 p.m., while second-seeded Wooster will hosted third-seeded Kenyon on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Denison beat Wittenberg, 1-0, in the regular season on October 13, while Wooster earned a 3-1 decision over Kenyon on October 10.
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 ... Denison returns to the tournament field for the 16th time in the past 17 seasons and will look for its fourth title, most recently winning the tournament in 2016 ... Wooster its making its ninth NCAC Tournament appearance in program history and will look for its first tournament title ... Kenyon returns to the tournament for the fifth-straight season and will be seeking its second tournament title ... Wittenberg the defending champion will make its 16th tournament appearance all-time and sixth in a row after ... The Tigers claimed their fifth Tournament Title last year after working through the bracket a year ago as the No. 2 seed by knocking off #3 Denison, 3-2 (OT), in the semifinals and #1 Kenyon, 1-0, in the championship final.