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2009 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament

Edited: Nov. 7, 2009  

Semifinals: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Championship: Saturday, Nov. 7
#4 Earlham 1, #1 Denison 0 (boxscore)
Wittenberg 2, Earlham 1 (boxscore)
Semifinals: Wednesday, Nov. 4
#2 Wittenberg 1, #3 Allegheny 0 (boxscore)
 Tournament Stats


Second-seeded Wittenberg claimed its fourth consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament title with a 2-1 victory over fourth-seeded Earlham in the championship game. Trailing by a goal, the Tigers' Maureen Buckley converted a penalty kick to even the score at the 54:07 mark of the second half. Wittenberg took the lead about 10 minutes later off a header by Emily Murray. Earlham's Faye Rowell scored the game's first goal at 28:55 of the first half. As the tournament champion, Wittenberg earns the Conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. This will be the Tigers fourth straight appearance in the event. Denison should also be considered for an at-large berth after spending the majority of the season ranked in the top 20. Should the Big Red advance, they will earn their fifth straight and 13th overall national berth. NCAA brackets willbe announced Monday. The Tigers advanced to their fifth tourney championship game after edging third-seeded Allegheny, 1-0, in their semifinal matchup. Earlham advanced after besting top-seeded Denison, 1-0. 

Edited: Nov. 4, 2009

Wittenberg edged third-seeded Allegheny, 1-0, to advance to its fourth straight NCAC tournament championship game. The Tigers, who entered this year's event as the second seed, will host fourth-seeded Earlham on Saturday. Kickoff is 6:00 p.m. Witenberg and Allegheny have battled to 0-0 ties in their last three meetings and tonight looked to be more of the same, until Tiger forward Kailey Striebel broke through for a goal at the 49:55 mark of the second half. The Tigers outshot the visiting Gators 13-11 and the keepers for both teams, Wittenberg's Melissa Gartner and Allegheny's Emily Karr, made five saves apiece.

Edited: Nov. 3, 2009
Visiting Earlham stunned top-seeded Denison in the opening semifinal of the 2009 North Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer tournament. The Quakers, making their NCAC post-season debut as the fourth seed, knocked off the regular season champion Big Red, 1-0, after a goal from freshman Joy Doucette in the 85th minute. Denison, ranked 14th nationally, held a 22-8 advantage in shots, and attempted six corners compared to Earlham's three. Quaker goalkeeper Megan Holthaus made five of Earlham's eight saves, while Denison netminder Courtney Cobb finished the night with one stop. Earlham advances to the tournament championship on Saturday. The Quakers face the winner of the semifinal matchup between second-seeded Wittenberg and third-seeded Allegheny. The winner of that contest will host the championship game.

Edited: Nov. 1, 2009
As conference champions, Denison earns the top seed in the NCAC tournament, which begins Tuesday with semifinals. The Big Red will host fourth-seeded Earlham (4-3-1, 11-6-1) at 7:00 p.m. Denison shutout the Quakers, 2-0, during the regular season. Wednesday’s semifinal sends third-seeded Allegheny (4-2-2, 11-5-2) to second-seeded Wittenberg (4-2-2, 9-4-5) for the second year in a row. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. The two teams finished the regular season tied for second place, and tied their regular season match, 0-0 in double overtime - just like in 2008. In last fall’s tournament matchup, the Tigers advanced past the Gators, 4-2 on penalty kicks, after battling to a 0-0 (2ot) score. The championship game is set for Saturday, at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semis.

Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ... Wittenberg is the three-time defending tournament champion and is making its sixth straight tourney appearance. The Tigers have advanced to the NCAC postseason eight times overall. Denison is the only team to have competed in every tournament since the inaugural event in 2000. Allegheny earned its seventh appearance, Earlham its first ... Ohio Wesleyan leads all teams with five tourney titles. Denison has one ... Should the Denison women and men both advance to the championship game of their respective tournaments as hosts, the men would play first, followed by the women (rotation set by even or odd years).