October 19, 2013

Wooster; DU play to stalemate

Denison and Wooster played 110 minutes to a scoreless draw under some soggy playing conditions on Saturday from Barclay-Thomsen Field in Granville.

While the match may have ended in a draw, scoring chances were plentiful for the Big Red who sent nine of its 19 shot attempts on-goal.

The second half was action packed as the two teams combined for 14 shots.  Denison was on the offensive early as Logan Berlet, Andrea Witte, and Caitlin Cheverine all put shots on frame that were turned away by Fighting Scot goalkeeper, Carly Eppler.

One of the Big Red's best scoring opportunities came in the 70th minute of play when Logan Berlet unleashed a shot from just left of the goal.  The angle forced Eppler to make a diving save on the play.

Just five minutes later, Wooster would counter with its best scoring opportunity of the day.  This came about when Katherine Tuttle sent a rising shot from 18-yards out that forced Andrea Karl to jump and make a one-handed save that sent the ball sailing over the back of the goal.

Just after the save, Wooster proceeded to attempt four consecutive corner kicks.  On the third attempt the ball bounced loose deep in the box and for a moment it looked as if the Scots were going to tip it in, but at the last second it was cleared by a Denison defender. A fourth corner kick would follow, but it did not produce a scoring attempt.

In the first overtime period, Wooster's Kyrsten Kamlowski attempted a 30-yard bomb that had some muscle behind it.  Luckily Karl was there to look the ball into her hands and turn away the Scots once again.  In the 98th minute it looked as if DU was going to squeak it out when Witte got open inside the box and fired a shot that caromed off the head of a Wooster defender.  That inadvertent block by the Scots was the only thing that kept the ball out of the goal.  Off the rebounded shot by Witte, Berlet was there to control the loose ball and follow with a second shot that was saved by Eppler.

In the second overtime three shots were taken, one by Denison, and two by Wooster, but all were of the desperation variety and sailed wide of the goal.

Karl finished with four saves while facing nine shots from the Scots.  Eppler posted nine saves for The College of Wooster.  DU held an 8-6 edge in corner kicks and a 19-9 advantage in the shot department.

The two teams entered the contest tied in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings and that is how it will remain heading into next week's slate of matches.  Denison and Wooster are both 2-1-2 in the NCAC.  Overall the Big Red moves to 6-6-2 while Wooster moves to 7-5-3.  Denison will return to action on Wednesday (Oct. 23) when they host Ohio Wesleyan at 7 p.m.