2015 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament

            

Semifinal Matches Championship Match
Wednesday, November 4
Saturday, November 7
#1 DePauw 2, #4 Wittenberg 1 - 2 OT {Box}
DePauw 2, Denison 0 {Box}
#2 Denison 1, #3 Kenyon 0 {Box}

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Championship Recap:

DePauw (12-6-1) claimed its second NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament title in four years with a 2-0 victory over Denison (15-4) in the Championship match on Saturday, November 7 in Greencastle, Indiana. The Tigers jumped out early to a 1-0 lead when junior
 Jen Dimos (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeut Jesuit Preparatpry) scored her second goal of the season off a 20-yard shot just 6:59 into the match. Denison applied plenty of pressure throughout the first looking for the equalizer, outshooting the Tigers 10-2 in the half, but in the 39th minute sophomore Kathryn Ruark (Oshkosh, WI/Oshkosh West) broke through on a pass from Kelsey Cobbs (Evansville, IN/Harrison) for the insurance marker and a 2-0 halftime lead. Early in the second frame, Denison freshman Maggie Armstrong (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) nearly cut the lead in half as she got behind the Tiger defense on a breakaway but junior goalkeeper Riley Riordan (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) came off her line to shutdown the opportunity. Riordan finished the game with five saves to record her fourth shutout of the year while sophomore keeper Jenny Herold (Miami, FL/Our Lady of Lourdes Acad.) made three saves in net for the Big Red. Denison out-shot DePauw 12-6 and held a 5-4 advantage in corners. With the win the Tigers earn the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. Denison may also be under consideration for a bid. The NCAA selections will be released on Monday. 

Semifinal Recaps:

Top-seeded DePauw (11-6-1) has advanced to the championship game of the NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament for the second time in the last four years following a thrilling 2-1 double overtime triumph over fourth-seeded Wittenberg (10-6-2) on Wednesday (11/4) in Greencastle, Indiana. With the victory, DePauw will now host Denison in the tournament championship match on Saturday afternoon at Reavis Stadium. Wittenberg opened the scoring at the 18:20 mark of the first half as senior Kate Burns (Granger, IN/Penn) found the back of the net for the ninth time in the season. The visiting Tigers' lead was short-lived, however, when DePauw tied the game on an own goal against Wittenberg in the 33rd minute. The game remained tied at 1-1 through the 109th minute until DePauw sophomore Kathryn Ruark (Oshkosh, WI/Oshkosh West) found the back of the net off a feed from Bridget Brendza (Chesterton, IN/Chesterton) to send the DPU Tigers into the championship match. DePauw outshot Wittenberg, 15-10, and held a 6-4 edge on corner kicks. Junior Riley Riordan (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) finished the game with three saves between the pipes for the Ladies, while senior Maggie Grieser (St. Paris, OH/Graham) racked up six saves in goal for the Tigers.

In Wednesday's other semifinal contest, second-seeded Denison (15-3-0) got a goal in the 38th minute from Meg Wozniak (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier) to lift the Big Red to a 1-0 victory over third-seeded Kenyon (11-7-1). With the win, DU secured its eighth appearance in the NCAC Tournament Championship game Saturday against DePauw. Saturday's game will be a rematch of the 2012 NCAC Tournament final that saw the Tigers defeat the Big Red, 1-0, in Granville. Denison outshot Kenyon 13-6, including an 8-0 advantage over the final 24 minutes of the match. The Big Red also attempted six of the game's seven corners and committed 11 fouls compared to just four infractions by the Ladies. The two teams also combined for five offsides. Senior Alissa Poolpol (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) made six stops in net for the Ladies, while Denison sophomore keeper Jenny Herold (Miami, FL/Our Lady of Lourdes Acad.) needed just two saves to pick up her ninth shutout of the season.

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The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2015 NCAC Women’s Soccer Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 31.

DePauw (7-1-0, 10-6-1) earned its first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference championship after finishing the regular season with 21 points. Allegheny, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan lead the league with nine titles all-time, followed by Wooster (5), Wittenberg (3), Kenyon (2) and DePauw (1).

DePauw will enter the 2015 NCAC Tournament as the top seed seeking its second tournament title after winning back in 2012. The DPU Tigers will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg (5-2-1, 10-5-2) in a semifinal contest at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night. DePauw knocked off Wittenberg, 2-1, in overtime back on October 21st. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Denison (6-2-0, 14-3-0) hosting third-seeded Kenyon (5-2-1, 11-6-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening in Granville. In the regular season contest between the Big Red and Ladies, Kenyon outshot Denison, 13-9, and earned a 1-0 double-overtime 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 ... Kenyon returns to the tournament for the second-straight season as the defending champions ... Wittenberg is making its 15th tournament appearance all-time and fourth in a row after earning the fourth seed a year ago ... Denison returns to the tournament field for the 13th time in the past 14 seasons and will look for its third title, most recently winning the tournament with a 1-0 decision against Allegheny in 2010 ... DePauw its making its third NCAC Tournament appearance in five years since joining the league and seeking its second tournament title after winning in 2012, 1-0, against Denison.