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2010 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament

DENISON UNIVERSITY

2010 NCAC WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

DEN - WS NCAC Tournament Champions

Semifinals: Wednesday, Nov. 3rd Championship: Saturday, Nov. 6
#4 Allegheny 2, #1 Wooster 2 {ALL advances on PK's, 4-3) {Box Score} #2 Denison 1, #4 Allegheny 0 {Box Score}
#2 Denison 3, #3 Wittenberg 2 {Box Score}  

Tournament Stats

Championship Match Recap:
Second-seeded Denison (14-5-2) claimed its second NCAC Tournament title and first since 2005 following a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Allegheny (14-2-4). Junior Tory Danis (Dayton, OH/Oakwood) provided the only scoring the Big Red would need when she scored the game-winner with six minutes gone in the second half.

As tournament champion, Denison earns the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. This will be DU’s sixth straight appearance in the national tournament and 14th overall. First-round games are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 11. Combined first- and second-round dates are also set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14. The NCAA will release complete matchups and site information on Monday at www.ncaa.com.

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Semifinal Round Recap:
Top-seeded Wooster saw its tournament hopes come to a close on Wednesday afternoon as No. 4 Allegheny advanced on penalty kicks, 4-3.  Both squads scored a goal in each half of regulation, but stingy defensive play kept both teams scoreless through two sessions of overtime, sending the game into a penalty kick scenario.  After freshman Emily Byers (Enon Valley, PA/Mohawk) put the Gators up, 4-3, in the shootout period, junior goalie Emily Karr (Wexford, PA/Pine-Richland) stopped the ensuing Wooster attempt to advance the Gators to the NCAC Tournament championship match.  In the other semifinal match, second-seeded Denison jumped out to a 3-0 lead and survived a come-from-behind effort by No. 3 Wittenberg to earn a 3-2 victory.  Senior Maggie Hoskin (Chicago, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) paced the Big Red in the victory as she scored the games' first goal and assisted on the eventual game-winner in the 56th minute.  Denison will make its first trip back to the NCAC Tournament championship game since 2007, while the Gators have not advanced to the championship match since the tournament's inaugural season in 2000.  The two teams will meet to decide the tournament champion and the NCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in Granville.

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Sunday, Oct. 30: Wooster (5-1-1, 11-6-1) captured its first NCAC championship since the 1996 season after blanking Wittenberg (5-2, 13-4-1), 2-0, in the regular season finale for both squads on Saturday.  As conference champions, Wooster earns the top seed in the NCAC tournament and will host fourth-seeded Allegheny (4-1-2, 14-1-3) in a semifinal contest at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.  The Fighing Scots and Gators battled to a 1-1 draw in their regular season tilt in Meadville, PA.  The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Denison (5-2, 12-5-2) hosting third-seeded Wittenberg (13-4-1, 5-2) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesda evening in Granville.  Although the Big Red and Tigers tied with identical 5-2 conference records, Denison earned the No. 2 seed by virtue of its 3-0 triumph over Wittenberg during the regular season.  The championship match is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ... Wittenberg, the No. 3 seed in the 2010 tournament, is the four-time defending tournament champion and is making its seventh-straight tournament appearance.  The Tigers have qualified for the four-team tournament nine times overall, while Denison is the only team to have competed in every tournament since the inaugural event in 2000.  The top-seeded Fighting Scots are making thier fifth tournament appearance all-time (‘02, ‘03, ‘06 and ‘08) and first since suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 double overtime defeat against Wittenberg in the 2008 championship match ... Allegheny locked up a spot in the tournament field for the third-consecutive season with a 1-0 victory over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.  The Gators qualified for the conference tournament in its first five years of existence, but went on a four-year drought before returning to the field and starting its current streak in the 2008 season ... Should the Denison women and men both advance to the championship game of thier respective tournaments as host, the women would play first, followed by the men (rotation set by even or odd years).