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Second half goal stops OWU

Jocelyn Festle scored the game-winner off a corner kick from Andrea Witte in the second half.
Jocelyn Festle scored the game-winner off a corner kick from Andrea Witte in the second half.

Jocelyn Festle broke a scoreless tie in the 72nd minute of play when she headed in a perfectly placed corner kick from Andrea Witte.  The goal would be enough to push the Big Red to a 1-0 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University from Deeds Field-Piper Stadium.

After overnight rainfall forced the game to be played on Piper Stadium's artificial surface, the two teams went through a bit of a learning curve in the opening half.  Denison outshot the Battling Bishops 7-2 over the course of the first 45 minutes of play, forcing OWU goalkeeper Hannah Zacharias to make three saves in the half.

In the second half the Big Red seemed to adjust to the speed and the offense started to click thanks to the playmaking ability of Witte.  Sophomore transfer Logan Berlet just missed a goal late in the first half, and after a Witte corner kick in the 59th minute, her shot attempt was turned away by Zacharias.

Ohio Wesleyan countered with a shot on-goal in the 69th minute by Emily Sattler that was snagged by DU keeper, Andrea Karl.

Three minutes later, after the Big Red was awarded its fifth corner kick of the contest, Witte played the ball to a crouched Festle who was positioned in the middle of the box.  Festle's header was sent directly into the goal.

With 12 minutes to play Ohio Wesleyan came close to tying the score when Alyssa Giarrusso attempted a free kick from over 30-yards out.  Her right-legged bomb sailed just over the DU goal.  A similar free kick attempt would come from OWU's Danielle Kaylor in the 81st minute but her attempt from 25-yards was wide.

For the match, DU outshot the Bishops 13-6.  Zacharias finished with six saves while Karl posted one.  Denison also ended with five corner kicks to OWU's three.  Festle paced the Big Red with four shots while Berlet and Witte each took three.

The win moves Denison's record to 7-6-2 overall and 3-1-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.  Ohio Wesleyan drops to 3-11 and 0-5 in conference play.

Denison returns to action on Saturday (Oct. 26) when they hit the road for a non-conference match at Case Western Reserve.   The start is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Cleveland, Ohio.

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