Early offense sparks Big Red win
The Denison women's soccer team struck for three goals in the opening five minutes of play en route to a 3-1 victory Hiram College on Saturday at Barclay-Thomsen Field in Granville. With the win, the Big Red secured its first North Coast Athletic Conference win of the season.
Denison wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as the home team found the back of the net on the first attempt of the game. After the Terrier backline failed to clear the ball out of their 18-yard box, sophomore Andrea Witte settled the unsuccessful attempted and buried a shot into the lower right corner. Witte, who co-leads the NCAC in assists, recorded her first goal of the year just a minute and 47 seconds into the game.
After having a pair of shots miss the mark, freshman Anne Denz doubled the Big Red's lead in the fourth minute. Senior Abby Kerbaugh sent a beautiful cross that found Denz in the box. The freshman picked up her second goal of the season after stick her shot in the upper left corner of the goal.
Less than a minute later, Kerbaugh got into the scoring with her first goal of the year. Sophomore transfer Logan Berlet got things going with a through ball to Denz who dribbled down the left side line. Denz sent a cross from near the end line that found Kerbaugh near the six-yard box. Kerbaugh finished off the play with a shot that snuck under the crossbar, extending DU's lead to 3-0.
In the opening five minutes, Denison needed just five shots to build a three-goal advantage. Over the final 40 minutes of the first half, DU unloaded 14 more shots, three of which were stopped by Hiram keeper Kailie Reed.
The Terriers broke up the shutout bid in the 48th minute when Robynn McGoarty scored her ninth goal of the season on a breakaway. Hiram had two more attempts on net, but both were corralled by senior goalie Andrea Karl.
Denison outshot the Terriers 29-9, including an 8-4 edge in shots on goal. The Big Red attempted 10 corner kicks compared to just one by the visiting team. DU was whistled for seven fouls and five offsides, while Hiram committed 10 infractions.
Denz and Kerbaugh each recorded a goal and an assist on the day, while Witte and Berlet had a goal and an assist, respectively. Denz and Berlet paced the squad with six shots apiece, while Witte attempted four shots. Karl finished the game with three saves, while Reed made five stops between the pipes.
Denison improves to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC, while the Terriers fall to 7-4 and 0-2 in league play. The Big Red continues conference play next Saturday (Oct. 12) when they travel to Wittenberg for a 7 p.m. match.