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DU plays to scoreless draw with Wabash

Dylan Brown  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Dylan Brown | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Led by a Big Red defense that allowed only four shots on goal, Denison men's soccer played to a 0-0 draw with Wabash College on Wednesday afternoon at Barclay-Thomsen Field in Granville.

Separated by one point in the conference standings entering the match, both sides played evenly throughout the match, with DU edging the Little Giants by one shot in a double-overtime effort, 15-14.

Attempting four of the first five shots of the match, Denison's Brandon Kozak sent a header inside the box in the 14th minute, but Wabash's Chad Wunderlich collected the save and kept the match scoreless.

In the 18th minute, momentum shifted to Wabash for the remainder of the first half when they tallied the final six shots before intermission, including back-to-back shots from freshman Timothy Herring and a shot missed high from Abdoulie Waggeh with 10 seconds remaining. Both sides entered the half tied at 0-0.

Despite WC's momentum to end the first half, the Big Red outshot the Little Giants 9-4 in the second half, which included a shot from Stu Windell that went just wide off a rebounded free kick at 68:31. Less than four minutes later, Kozak took an opportunity to go against the keeper and missed wide of the goal to stay scoreless.

In the 89th minute of play, DU looked to go in front when Windell accepted a pass from Braden Adamson and went one-on-one with the keeper, but Wunderlich garnered his best save of the day to send the match to overtime tied at 0-0.

The Big Red were unable to attempt a shot in the first overtime, but shots from Adamson and Dan Milhollen gave Denison opportunities in the final 10 minutes of play before the match ended in a draw, moving DU to 3-1-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The tie sent Wabash to 3-2-1 in conference play.

Kozak led the match with four shots and added two shots on goal, while Adamson and Windell finished with three shots each. Herring and David Riggs each tallied three shots for the Little Giants and Waggeh, Marco Medina, and Jacques Boulais finished with two shots apiece.

In goal, sophomore Dylan Brown collected his fifth shutout of the season on four saves in 110 minutes of action, while Wunderlich also tallied a clean sheet (eighth of the season) on five saves in an extra time effort.

Allowing only one goal in their last four matches and currently in a tie for third with DePauw in the latest NCAC standings, the Big Red will play their final three matches of the regular season on the road, starting with a trip to the College of Wooster on Saturday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m.