WOOSTER, Ohio – Thanks to a Liz Gilbert's goal in the 78th minute of play, Denison women's soccer traveled to the College of the Wooster on Saturday afternoon and defeated the Fighting Scots, 1-0, at Carl Dale Field in Wooster, Ohio.
Taking control of corner kicks, 9-1, and winning the shot battle in the first half, 5-3, the Big Red collected four of the first five shot during the match, including two shots from Gilbert.
With less than eight minutes to play until halftime, freshman Katie Livingston attempted a shot to put DU in front, but it missed just wide of the goal for the final shot of the half, leaving both sides tied at 0-0 entering intermission.
Despite six shots from six different Scots to open the second half, Denison made their eighth shot of the day count at 77:13 when Gilbert accepted a forwarding pass from junior Claire Kolff just inside the box and connected on a shot past the keeper for her sixth goal of the season and to put the Big Red ahead, 1-0.
Wooster attempted four shots in the final 12:47 of regulation, but two of Patil Tcholakian's eight saves for the game came through late and helped DU earn the victory to stay undefeated in the North Coast Athletic Conference at 4-0-2 and 10-2-2 overall. The loss drops Wooster to 8-3-3 and 5-2 in conference play. The Big Red now sit one point behind the Fighting Scots for first place in the NCAC with two conference matches remaining on their schedule.
Gilbert finished with a game-high three shots on goal while Wooster's Claire Davis tied for the match-best with three shots total. Kelly O'Neill tallied two shots from DU and Kolff, Livingston, Abby King, Madison Smith, Maggie Armstrong, and Riley Hammond each attempted one shot.
In goal, Tcholakian led the day with eight saves in 90 minutes of work, while Wooster's Maddy Ireton and Molly Hutter combined for three saves in a full match effort.
Totaling a record of 6-0-2 in their last eight matches, Denison will stay on the road next Wednesday, October 24 when they travel to Hiram College for the 7:30 p.m. start with the Terriers.