Dubuque, Iowa – The DePauw men's soccer team could not dig themselves out of a 2-0 halftime score as their season ended Friday against Loras 2-1 in the round of 16 of the Division III men's soccer championships.
The Tigers used up about every minute in the locker room at halftime and the adjustments they made in the second half worked. Loras did not have the same offensive attack it had in the first half, and DePauw, on the offensive for the majority of the second half, scored its lone goal of the game in the 74th minute off a penalty kick by E.J. Moore.
"We brought a forward up front to bypass the midfield," coach Brad Hauter said about his halftime adjustments. "It generated more possessions."
Loras set the pace early, scoring just 2:37 into the game. Justin Giacotto scored his second goal of the year off an assist from Johnny Rummelhart as his shot beat goalkeeper Chris Yount near the post.
"We matched up well, but we tried to dig ourselves out of a hole for 87 minutes," Hauter added.
The Tigers were close to entering halftime down 1-0, but Loras hit what would become the game-winner in the 42nd minute. Mike Gordan scored on a deflection off a loose ball near the top of the box.
DePauw outshot Loras 15-11 thanks to a strong second half where they took eight shots. Loras took seven corners to DePauw's four, including three in the opening 1:30.
Yount made one save in the loss. Jacob Peterson made for saves in the win.
DePauw ends its season at 12-4-5. Loras (16-4-1) advances to the final eight of the championships, which takes place tomorrow at Loras.
"This is one of the more mentally tough teams I have ever coached," Hauter said. "Every time we went down they responded all year long. I loved this team. They were a phenomenal group."