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OT loss drops Denison from NCAC Tournament

Maggie Armstrong  |  Photo by Brett Dunbar
Maggie Armstrong | Photo by Brett Dunbar

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Despite junior Maggie Armstrong totaling two goals on the evening, No. 3 seeded Denison women's soccer fell in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals on Wednesday night to No. 2 Wittenberg University in overtime, 3-2, at Edwards-Maurer Field.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Megan Davis found the back of the net and put Wittenberg up early, 1-0.

With less than 10 minutes to play in the first half, Armstrong tallied the equalizer in the 36th minute to tie the match at 1-1. Less than four minutes later, Armstrong accepted a pass from junior Sam Haseltine and connected on her ninth goal of the season to give the Big Red a 2-1 advantage heading into intermission.

Denison opened the second half with back-to-back shots from Haseltine and senior Meg Wozniak, but the Tigers totaled the next six shots and capitalized in the 81st minute with a goal from Kaitlyn Krieg to tie the match at 2-2. Both sides stayed scoreless for the remainder of regulation, sending the match to overtime tied, 2-2.

In the 95th minute, Taylor Vaughn sealed the deal for Wittenberg when she completed a game-winner past Denison's goalkeeper Jenny Herold to hand the Big Red a 3-2 overtime loss.

In goal, Herold contributed a six-save performance on the night for DU, while Hannah Wilson added four saves in 94:09 for the Tigers.

The Big Red ends the 2017 campaign with a record of 8-6-4. This year's NCAC Tournament bid marks 16 trips to the conference tournament for Denison in the last 17 years, including six-straight since 2012.