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2014 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament

      

Semifinals: Wednesday, Nov. 5
Championship: Saturday, Nov. 8
#1 Kenyon 2, #4 Wittenberg 0 {Box Score} Kenyon 3, Allegheny 1 {Box Score}
#2 Allegheny 4, #3 Denison 1 {Box Score}
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Championship Recap:
Kenyon (12-7-1) claimed its first NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament title with 3-1 victory over Allegheny (15-6) in the Championship match on Saturday, November 8 in Gambier, Ohio. The Gators jumped out early to a 1-0 lead when senior Greta Hilbrands (Galena, OH/Columbus School for Girls) converted on a penalty kick just 55 seconds into play. Hilbrands banked it off the left post and into the net for her second successful PK of the season, and third goal overall. The Ladies responded in the 27th minute when Maggie Smith (Zionsville, IN/University HS of Indiana) scored her ninth goal of the season set up by an assist from Marie Laube (San Diego, CA/Point Loma)Kenyon's go-ahead score came on another assist from Laube in the 31st minute as Gillian Blackwell (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) was credited with her first goal of the season to give the Ladies a 2-1 halftime lead. Becca Romaine (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) added an insurance goal for Kenyon in the 75th minute when the senior struck from about 20 yards out to the left corner of the net. Allegheny out-shot Kenyon 20-8 and had a 3-1 advantage in corners. With the win the Ladies earn the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. Allegheny may also be under consideration for a bid. The NCAA selections will be released on Monday. 

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Semifinal Recaps:
Top-seeded Kenyon (11-7-1) has advanced to the championship game of the NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament for the first time in program history following a 2-0 triumph over fourth-seeded Wittenberg (8-8-1) on Wednesday (11/5) in Gambier, Ohio. With the victory, Kenyon will now host Allegheny in the tournament championship match on Saturday afternoon at Mavec Field. The Ladies and Tigers were caught up in a defensive struggle in the first half as neither team was able to find the back of the net through the first 45 minutes of action. Kenyon senior Becca Romaine (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) finally lit up the scoreboard in the 60th minute on a converted penalty kick, while sophomore Maggie Smith (Zionsville, IN/University HS of Indiana) beat the goalie once again in the 78th minute. Kenyon and Wittenberg both fired 14 shots in the game, but Kenyon managed to place eight of those shots on goals en route to securing the two-goal victory. Junior Alissa Poolpol (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) finished the game with three saves between the pipes for the Ladies, while junior Maggie Grieser (St. Paris, OH/Graham) racked up six saves in goal for the Tigers.

Four second-half goals lifted second-seeded Allegheny (15-5-0) to a 4-1 victory over third-seeded Denison (13-6-0) in the semfinals of the 2014 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament on Wednesday (11/5) afternoon in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The Big Red struck first midway through the first half on a goal from sophomore Anne Denz (Wheaton, IL/North); however, Allegheny junior Hannah Zangara (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) scored the equalizer for the Gators in the 49th minute and then put them up for good in the 62nd minute by firing in a shot from 15 yards out off an assist from sophomore Jessie Thiessen (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel). Zangara then assisted on a goal from senior Faith Robinson (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) in the 66th minute, while Thiessen closed out the scoring for the Gators by finding the back of the net in the 75th minute. Allegheny senior goalie Gabby Curtis (Stony Point, NY/North Rockland) finished the game with six saves, while Denison freshman netminder Jenny Herold (Miami, FL/Our Lady of Lourdes Acad.) corralled two saves for the Big Red.

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Kenyon (7-1-0, 10-7-1) and Allegheny (7-1-0, 14-5-0) finished the regular season as co-champions in the North Coast Athletic Conference, tied atop the league standings with 21 points. Allegheny is now tied with Denison and Ohio Wesleyan for the league lead with nine titles all-time, followed by Wooster (5), Wittenberg (3) and Kenyon (2).

Kenyon will enter the 2014 NCAC Tournament as the top seed after picking up a 3-2 double overtime triumph over Allegheny  back on September 4th. The Ladies will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg (4-4-0, 8-7-1) in a semifinal contest at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Wittenberg knocked off Kenyon, 1-0, in the Ladies last loss of the regular season back on October 22nd. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Allegheny hosting third-seeded Denison at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Meadville. In the regular season contest between the Gators and Big Red, Denison outshot Allegheny, 17-15, however the Gators earned a 1-0 shutout victory. 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 for the second-straight season as the defending champions ... Wittenberg is making its 14th tournament appearance all-time and third in a row after earning the second seed a year ago ... Denison returns to the tournament field for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons and will look to get back into the championship match after winning the tournament with a 1-0 decision against Allegheny in 2010 ... Kenyon enters its first NCAC Tournament since 2011 when they lost to Ohio Wesleyan, 1-0, on the road.