Tigers punch ticket to NCAC championship game

Tigers punch ticket to NCAC championship game

Greencastle, Ind. -- It was only fitting Wednesday's NCAC Tournament semifinal game between No. 2 seed DePauw and No. 3 seed Denison ended by the final score of 2-1.

Both teams traded wins during the regular season by that same score, but it was DePauw on Wednesday punching their ticket to the NCAC Championship game.

Both teams were held scoreless for 27:55 until freshman Sarah Pereyra scored off a deflection for her second goal of the season. Pereyra caught the deflection off a long shot from Paige Berliner, whom received the ball off a corner from Rose Revolinski. The ball changed its trajectory to find the top, right corner of the net and the trio gave DePauw a 1-0 lead.

Almost seven minutes later, Berliner pressed the offensive advantage and found Reilly Bruce in front of the net to make it a 2-0 game (34:37). It was Bruce's 15th goal of the season.

DePauw led 2-0 at the half and kept it that way for the next 15 minutes until Denison's Britta Marden scored from in front of the net off a feed from Elsie Humes (45:04).

Both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the game. Late in the second half Berliner had a goal wiped but it did not matter as DePauw kept Denison off the board.

Goalkeeper Sarah Guendert (14-4) recorded the win in net and made four saves. Ellen Westfall (12-8) took the loss and also made four saves.

Denison outshot DePauw 11-10 and won the penalty corner advantage 10-4.

Earlier in the day, No. 1 seed Kenyon defeated No. 4 seed Wittenberg 1-0. DePauw will travel to Kenyon for the championship game on Saturday. The two teams split during the regular season.