Tigers Survive PK Thriller, Headed to Round of 16

Tigers Survive PK Thriller, Headed to Round of 16

St. Louis, Mo. – Well, that's one way to get into the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

The DePauw men's soccer team tied Washington-St. Louis in the second round of the Division III NCAA Tournament but advanced through after winning the penalty kick showdown 8-7.

DePauw kept sending their players out one after another and finding success on their side of the penalty kicks. They started the kicks off with Jonathan Wheeler, E.J. Moore, Adrian Ables, Alieu Musa and Julian Gonzalez. They all connected, but St. Louis-Washington did the same as the both teams scored on their first five tries.

Zach Hoffman's shot was saved in the sixth round, but DePauw keeper Chris Yount kept the game going on his end. Taras Tataryn and Parker James scored in their rounds but once again so did Washington-St. Louis.

Freshman Justin Mitchell made it 8-7, and on Washington-St. Louis's next try, a shot that went wide finally concluded the game in the Tigers' favor.

Coach Brad Hauter said after the game that they had been preparing for that situation well in advance.

"We started thinking about it back on Monday and had been practicing all week," he said. "Chris has been red hot so far in the tournament, and we decided to keep him in there.

"It's gut-wrenching. You feel for the guys on each team. We have 36 guys that now have an incredible memory they can take with them for the rest of their lives."

DePauw started the game exactly how they wanted to when they got an early corner kick that fell right into their game plan. With Ables on the corner, he found Reavis who score 1:34 into the game.

The score stuck for 40 minutes until Grant Baites scored off a header following a free kick from midfield. DePauw and Washington-St. Louis played tight the remainder of regulation and the two following overtimes.

"The adjustments at halftime better than pregame," Hauter said. "They were all over us, but in the second half we tweaked a couple things, outshot them and things started to level out."

Washington-St. Louis outshot DePauw 23-19, which included a 15-5 first half. DePauw won the corner advantage at 7-6.

Yount made five saves in picking up the win.

"We knew we could play deep into this tournament," Yount said after the game. "Hopefully, we can keep going."

The Tigers advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and they'll see a familiar face there – No. 11 Loras College. DePauw won the earlier match up in the year 2-0 on Sept. 19 in a game that was played at Reavis Stadium.

The tie puts the Tigers record at 12-3-5 on the year.