Sept. 1, 2019 (Dallas, Texas)- The DePauw University, women's soccer team lost 3-2 in a heavily contested match against host team University of Texas-Dallas (UT-Dallas).
In their second night game of the weekend, it was clear that the Dallas heat still played a factor in the pace of the game. Fighting through the humidity, the DePauw Tigers pushed pass the midline into the Comets half and kept it there for the first 15 minutes of the game.
As play continued in the first half, both teams became equally frustrated with their inability to finish in the box. With tensions rising across the field the Tigers took their frustration out on the ball rather than on their opponents, creating scoring situations deep in the Comet's half.
In the final 10 minutes of play, DePauw lost a bit of steam and had to defensively step up their game as UT-Dallas kept the ball in Tiger territory. Showing confidence in her second game Reanna Stiehler remained calm and directed her defensive line as the COmets earned multiple corner kicks in a row.
Entering the second half tied at zero, with the sun down and the field lights on both teams came out with new life.
That slight drop in temperature was all DePauw needed to get something started. Alex Berkley was able to break out with the ball from the defensive line to then rocket the ball down the middle of the field to Kumar.
Making her way into the box, Kumar gets a step on the last defender and at the last second sends it across to Anissa Nourse who finds the back of the net and records her first career goal.
Down by one, a sense of urgency took over UT-Dallas' attacking efforts. And in the 62nd minute, the Comets managed to sneak into the DePauw half following a throw-in and scored to tie the game.
Unable to contain UT-Dallas' momentum, the Tigers suddenly found themselves down 2-1 after the Comets scored off a corner kick put back.
After a fantastic team effort to stop an attack by UT-Dallas, the defensive line boots the ball up the middle and gets the ball through to Silcox who touches it to Shaili for the goal to even it out 2-2.
That sigh of relief for the Tigers was cut short after DePauw committed a late foul, awarding the Comets a penalty kick that would put them up 3-2.
With plenty of time left in the game, the Tigers continue to play with tenacity, finding themselves with great opportunities on goal yet were shut down time after time by their opponents' defense.
UT-Dallas closed out the game by taking control of the pace of the game, forcing DePauw to put even more pressure on the ball. That pressure eventually paid off as the Tigers earned what would be the final penalty kick of the game.
Taking Stiehler out of the goalie box to take the kick, DePauw just missed the extra touch to get the ball in the net. Keeping it alive Kumar and Sophia Silcox attempted to put it back into play, but the Comets managed to clear it out one last time as time expired.
Though their efforts came up short, there was a definite improvement in the Tigers' communication and teamwork throughout the weekend. DePauw returns to Greencastle, Ind. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 to play Carthage College in their Home Opener. Come out and support your Tigers at 7 PM EDT.