Greencastle, Ind. – After not even qualifying for last year's conference tournament, the DePauw women's soccer team rebounded this year by taking the regular season North Coast Athletic Conference title, suffering just one conference loss along the way.
At 10-6-1 overall and 7-1 in the NCAC, the women have earned the No. 1 seed and will host No. 4 seed Wittenberg at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Their lone conference loss came Oct. 24 at Denison, 3-1. Denison earned the No. 2 seed this year and will face No. 3 seed Kenyon on Wednesday. Kenyon defeated Denison 1-0 in double overtime during the regular season.
In DePauw's previous matchup against Wittenberg, the women defeated Wittenberg 2-1 in overtime at home. The game was scoreless for over 80 minutes until Wittenberg struck first. However, DePauw scored five minutes later to force the game into overtime, in which Kelsey Cobbs scored the game-winner.
In games decided by one goal, the women are 5-0. They also hold a 2-0-1 record in overtime.
DePauw and Wittenberg are close in a number of team statistical categories. Wittenberg has 32 goals, 21 assists and 25 goals against them, while DePauw has 30 goals, 23 assists and 24 goals against them.
Goalkeeper Riley Riordan has started in net every game for DePauw. She has 73 saves, three shutouts and a 1.42 goals against average.
Offensively, Elizabeth Seewer and Stephanie Martin lead the team with six goals each. Among point leaders DePauw is led by Seewer (14), Bridget Brendza (13) and Stephanie Martin (12). Meagann Lear leads the team with six assists.
Last year, Kenyon won the conference tournament. The Ladies defeated Allegheny 3-1 in the championship. Wittenberg and Denison also made the tournament but lost in the semifinal.
The championship game will take place Saturday at the highest remaining seed with a time TBA.
Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ... Kenyon returns to the tournament for the second-straight season as the defending champions ... Wittenberg is making its 15th tournament appearance all-time and fourth in a row after earning the fourth seed a year ago ... Denison returns to the tournament field for the 13th time in the past 14 seasons and will look for its third title, most recently winning the tournament with a 1-0 decision against Allegheny in 2010 ... DePauw its making its third NCAC Tournament appearance in five years since joining the league and seeking its second tournament title after winning in 2012, 1-0, against Denison.