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|
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.
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).