Gambier, Ohio – Junior Sofia Carretero saved the game and then won the game for the Tigers, who defeated Kenyon 1-0 in a shootout after it took a regulation and two overtimes to decide the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament champion.
The title is DePauw's third in the past four years and earns them an automatic bid into the NCAA DIII Tournament.
Carretero came up big twice late in the game. The first came in overtime when she laid her stick in front of an open net to stop a game-winning goal. The second was scoring in the second round of the shootout to give the Tigers the win.
On the game-winner, she faked to the left and went around the right side of the goalie to score.
To get to the second shootout, the Tigers had to answer on a goal by Katelyn Hutchinson. With their last chance in Paige Berliner, Berliner stepped up and scored to keep the Tigers in the game.
DePauw fought off a strong attack from Kenyon the entire game. They outshot the Tigers 31-12 for the game and 8-0 in the second overtime.
That resulted in goalkeeper Sarah Guendert making 17 saves. On the other end, DePauw had five shots on goal. DePauw also won the corner advantage at 8-6.
DePauw (15-4) and Kenyon (17-3) split in the regular season. Of Kenyon's three losses, two have come against the Tigers.
DePauw finds out who and where they will play in the NCAA DIII Tournament on Sunday.
Kirsten Audette, Denison
Allie Bacon, Denison
Maddie Goelz, Wittenberg
Zara Tickner, Wittenberg
Sarah Speroff, Kenyon
Kelsey Trulik, Kenyon
Maddie Breschi, Kenyon
Sofia Carretero, DePauw
Paige Berliner, DePauw
Riley Miller, DePauw
Grace Goodbarn, DePauw -- MVP