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2013 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament

ALLEGHENY COLLEGE 

2013 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament Champions

Semifinals: Wednesday, Nov. 6 Championship: Saturday, Nov. 9
#1 Allegheny 2, #4 DePauw 0 {Box Score} Allegheny 2, Wittenberg 0 {Box Score}
#2 Wittenberg 0, # 3 Denison 0 (WIT Advances on PK's, 3-0) {Box Score}  
Tournament Stats

Championship Recap:
Top-seeded Allegheny (11-5-4, 5-1-2) defeated second-seeded Wittenberg (9-7-5, 5-1-2) by a 2-0 margin to capture the program’s first NCAC Women’s Soccer Tournament title on Saturday afternoon in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Allegheny sophomore Olivia Cushman (Penfield, NY/Penfield) was credited with the game-winning goal when she scored the first of her career in the seventh minute of the contest, rifling a shot from 25-yards out past the Tiger netminder. Jessie Thiessen (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) added the insurance goal for the Gators when she scored her third of the NCAC Tournament and 10th of the season in the 27th minute. Allegheny outshot Wittenberg, 17-2, and held a 10-2 edge in corner kicks. Junior Gabby Curtis (Stony Point, NY/North Rockland) grabbed one save as the Gators recorded their 10th shutout of the season. With the victory, the Tigers have earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III Women's Soccer Tournament. 

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Semifinal Recaps:
A pair of first-half goals from freshman Jessie Thiessen (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) propelled top-seeded Allegheny (10-5-4, 5-1-2) past fourth-seeded DePauw (10-9-0, 5-3-0), 2-0, in Wednesday’s NCAC Tournament semifinal match in Meadville, Pennsylvania. With the victory, the Gators will host the winner of tonight’s other semifinal contest set to kick-off at 7:00 p.m. between second-seeded Wittenberg (9-6-4, 5-1-2) and third-seeded Denison (9-7-2, 5-1-2). The game time of Saturday's championship match will be announced Thursday (11/7) at noon. The Gators jumped ahead when Thiessen converted on her first goal of the afternoon off a pass from Greta Hilbrands (Galena, OH/Columbus School for Girls) in the 35th minute. Theissen’s insurance goal and ninth of the season came just before the half in the 43rd minute, as the freshman hustled to a loose ball at the top of the six and finished the unassisted strike to the right post. Allegheny outshot DePauw, 22-6, and held a 5-3 edge on corner kicks. DePauw goalie Emma Cooper (Tulsa, OK/Cascia Hall Prep) made nine saves in a losing effort, while Allegheny goalie Gabby Curtis (Stony Point, NY/North Rockland) grabbed three saves to earn the shutout victory.  The win is the seventh in the last 10 contests for the Gators as they look to capture their first-ever NCAC Tournament championship on Saturday.

Second-seeded Wittenberg (9-6-5, 5-1-2) advanced to the 2013 NCAC Tournament championship by edging third-seeded Denison (9-7-3, 5-1-2), 3-0, in penalty kicks Wednesday night in the semifinal round at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield, Ohio. The game was a scoreless tie after two overtime periods. Tiger junior Tobie Weston (Worthington, OH/Worthington Christian) made the winning shot, in the sixth kick of the shootout. Wittenberg had taken a 2-0 lead, after sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Grieser (St. Paris, OH/Graham), who come on as a late substitution in the second overtime period, stopped an attempt by Denison senior Abby Kerbaugh (Danville, KY/Boyle County) and the next two Big Red attempts came up empty firing wide right and hitting the crossbar. During regulation play, Wittenberg led 18-13 in total shots, and held a 11-6 edge in shots on goal.  The Tigers also held a, 13-4, advantage in corner kicks. The Tigers will now travel to Meadville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday to take on top-seeded Allegheny in the NCAC Tournament finals.

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For the first time in NCAC history, there are tri-champions in women’s soccer as Allegheny (9-5-4, 5-1-2), Wittenberg (9-6-4, 5-1-2) and Denison (9-7-2, 5-1-2) all finished tied atop the standings with 17 points. Denison is now tied with Ohio Wesleyan to lead the league with nine titles all-time, followed by Allegheny (8), Wooster (5), Wittenberg (3) and Kenyon (1).

Allegheny will enter the 2013 NCAC Tournament as the top seed after the tie between the regular season champions broke via the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Gators will host fourth-seeded DePauw (10-8-0, 5-3-0) in a semifinal contest at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. DePauw knocked off Allegheny, 2-1, in the regular season meeting between the two squads just over a week ago on October 26th. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Wittenberg hosting third-seeded Denison at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening in Springfield. In the regular season contest between the Tigers and Big Red, Denison outshot Wittenberg, 25-16, however the game ended in a 1-1 draw. 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 ... Allegheny returns to the tournament after missing out a year ago. Last year snapped the Gators streak of four consecutive tournament appearances. Allegheny is in search of its first NCAC Tournament Crown ... Wittenberg is making its 13th tournament appearance all-time and second in a row after earning the top seed a season ago ... Denison returns to the tournament field for the 11th time in the past 12 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 second-straight appearance at the NCAC Tournament as the defending champions, defeating Denison, 1-0, a season ago.