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Denison, Tigers battle to 1-1 draw

Jessica Skelly scored DU's goal in a double OT tie at Wittenberg on Saturday.
Jessica Skelly scored DU's goal in a double OT tie at Wittenberg on Saturday.

The Denison women's soccer team battled the Wittenberg Tigers to a 1-1 double overtime tie on Saturday night from Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield, Ohio.

Wittenberg struck first at the 4:56 mark when Lindsay Janmey slipped a head into the goal off a corner kick from Chelsey Marcum.  Over the next 40 minutes, the Big Red ramped up their offensive attack, outshooting the home team 8-4.  After Tiger head coach Matt Fannon was issued a yellow card for arguing a call by the referee, the Big Red set up for a free kick from 34 yards out.

Junior defender Gen Eng-Surowiec sent a cross towards the right corner of the box and found the head of senior Lauren Jay.  Jay directed a header on goal that was stopped by Wittenberg keeper Maggie Grieser.  Grieser misplayed the save attempt which allowed freshman Jessica Skelly to unload another shot that went right of the goal.  Despite spending the majority of the opening half in their offensive third, Denison trailed 1-0 at the intermission.

After sending a pair of shots right of the goal, Denison tied the match in the 51st minute of play.  After drawing a foul, the Big Red set up from 28-yards out.  After sending a low cross towards the top of the 18-yard box, the ball was sent towards Grieser.  Once again, the Tiger keeper mishandled the ball which allowed Skelly to dribble to the top of the six-yard box and buried her shot into the lower right 90.  The freshman's second goal of the year came at 50:13.

With less than 13 minutes to play, sophomore Andrea Witte took a pass from junior Caitlin Cheverine and ripped a shot through a pair of Wittenberg defenders that just sailed over the crossbar.  Inside the final five seconds, Witte and Cheverine both fired off shots in search of the game-winning score.  Witte's shots hit off the crossbar, while Cheverine's follow up attempt went over the bar.

In the first overtime, the Big Red outshot Wittenberg 4-0.  In the second 10 minute session, the Tigers' Leslie Oliver nearly ended the match in the 103rd minute, but a leaping save by senior goalie Andrea Karl kept it a 1-1 contest.  The two squads combined for four more shots over the final 7+ minutes before the final horn sound.

Over the course of 110 minutes, Denison held a 25-16 advantage in shots, including a 9-7 edge in shots on net. Wittenberg won the corner battle, 9-3, while both teams combined for nine fouls.  Skelly paced the attack with five shots, including a goal, while Logan Berlet recorded four attempts.  Witte, Cheverine, Maddy Regan and reigning North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week Anne Denz added three shots each.  Karl finished with six saves, while Grieser recorded eight stops.

Denison moves to 5-6-1 and 1-1-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while Wittenberg sits at 6-5-3 and 2-0-1 in league action.  The Big Red returns to the pitch on Tuesday when they travel to Gambier, Ohio for a 4 p.m. match against Kenyon.

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