2016 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament

           

2016 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament Champions

DENISON


Semifinal Matches Championship Match
Wednesday, November 2
Saturday, November 5
#1 Wittenberg 3, #4 Kenyon 0 {Box}
Denison 1, Wittenberg 0 {Box}
#2 Denison 1, #3 DePauw 0 {Box}

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Denison (10-5-4) junior midfielder Meg Wozniak (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier) scored the lone goal of the match in the 89th minute to lift the second-seeded Big Red to a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Wittenberg (13-4-2) on Saturday night in the championship match of the 2016 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament in Springfield.

As tournament champions, the Big Red have earned the NCAC's automatic bid into the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.

After a scoreless opening period that only saw six total shots by both teams combined, the match appeared to be heading to overtime until senior forward Anne Denz (Wheaton, IL/North) sent a corner kick into the box that Wozniak got her foot on for the game-winning score.

While the two teams tied with 10 shots a piece, Wittenberg attacked the net in the second half with nine shots, but the one shot that the Big Red took in the second period was all they needed as it found the back of the net. 

DU, which also held a 6-0 edge in corner kick opportunities in the match, got four saves in net from junior goalie Jenny Herold (Miami, FL/Our Lady of Lourdes Academy), while junior Hannah Wilson (Pickerington, OH/North) hauled in three saves in goal for the Tigers.

2016 NCAC Women's Soccer All-Tournament Team

Heather Pacheco, Kenyon
Maggie Smith, Kenyon
Riley Riordan, DePauw
Maddie Baker, DePauw
Hannah Wilson, Wittenberg
Leah Soutar, Wittenberg
Michelle Brunswick, Wittenberg
Meg Wozniak, Denison
Jessica Skelly, Denison
Maggie Armstrong, Denison
Jacquie Graham, Denison
Anne Denz, Denison 

MVP - Drew Wentzel, Denison 

 

Semifinal Recaps:

A pair of first-half goals from senior Michelle Brunswick (Middletown, OH/Madison)propelled the top-seeded Wittenberg (13-3-2, 7-1) past fourth-seeded Kenyon (6-10-2, 4-3-1), 3-0, in Wednesday’s NCAC Women’s Soccer Tournament semifinal match in Springfield, Ohio. With the victory the Tigers advances to their second final in the last four years and will host seconded-seeded Denison (9-5-4, 5-2-1) at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night.  Wittenberg jumped ahead when freshman Kenzie Mason (Granger, IN/Penn)scored her third goal of the season on an assist from Leah Soutar (Troy, OH/Troy) in the 21st minute. Less than two minutes later, Brunswick converted on her first goal of the evening on Soutar’s second assist of the night, to give the Tigers a two-goal lead into the half. Brunswick’s second goal of the game and fifth of the season in the 73rd minute off a pass from Emily Thomas (Centerville, OH/Centerville) to secure the win for the Tigers. Wittenberg outshot Kenyon, 13-5, while  held a 6-3 edge on corner kicks. Kenyon goalie Jillian Countey (New York, NY/Rudolf Steiner) made two saves in a losing effort, while Kelly Corbin (Noblesville, IN/Guerin Catholic) and Hannah Wilson (Pickerington, OH/North) combined for five saves in the shutout victory.  The win is the 10th in a row for the Tigers as they look to capture their fifth NCAC Tournament championship on Saturday.

In Wednesday's other semifinal contest, second-seeded Denison (9-5-4, 5-2-1converted on a penalty kick in the 85th minute from Drew Wentzel (Schaumburg, IL/James B. Conant) to lift the Big Red to a 1-0 victory over third-seeded DePauw (9-7-1, 5-3). With the win, DU secured its ninth appearance in the NCAC Tournament Championship game Saturday against Wittenberg. Saturday's game will be the third time Wittenberg and Denison have met in the final with the Tigers winning both in 2006 and ’07. The Big Red attempted three of the game's five corners and committed eight fouls compared to just four infractions by the Tigers. Denison outshot DePauw, 15-9, including holding a 8-1 edge in shots on goal. Senior Riley Riordan (El Dorado Hills, CA/St. Louis Park (MN)) made seven stops in net for the Tigers, while Denison junior keeper Jenny Herold (Miami, FL/Our Lady of Lourdes Acad.) needed just two saves to pick up her seventh shutout of the season.

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The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2016 NCAC Women’s Soccer Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 29.

Wittenberg (7-1-0, 10-6-1) earned its fourth North Coast Athletic Conference championship and third in the last five years 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 (4), Kenyon (2) and DePauw (1).

Wittenberg will enter the 2016 NCAC Tournament as the top seed and seeking its fifth tournament title after winning four consecutive crowns from 2006-09. The Tigers will host fourth-seeded Kenyon (4-3-1, 6-9-2) in a semifinal contest at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night. Kenyon handed Wittenberg its only conference loss of the season back on September 24th, 1-0. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Denison (5-2-1, 8-5-4) hosting third-seeded DePauw (5-3-0, 9-6-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening in Granville. The contest will be a rematch of the 2015 tournament championship game in which the Tigers defeated the Big Red, 2-0. 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 ... Wittenberg is making its 16th tournament appearance all-time and fifth in a row after earning the four seed a year ago ... Kenyon returns to the tournament for the third-straight season and will be seeking its second tournament title in the last three years … Denison returns to the tournament field for the 14th time in the past 15 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 fourth NCAC Tournament appearance in six years as the defending champion in search of its third tournament title … Since the inaugural NCAC Tournament in 2000, Ohio Wesleyan leads all programs with six titles followed by Wittenberg (4), Denison and DePauw with two and Allegheny and Kenyon with one apiece.