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Tigers Fall to Ohio Wesleyan 6-5 in PKs

November 6, 2013

Box Score

Delaware, Ohio- The Tigers’ journey to three-peat as North Coast Athletic Conference tournament champions began Wednesday night in Delaware, Ohio against regular season champions Ohio Wesleyan. The Battling Bishops were the top seed while DePauw was the fourth seed.

In the regular season matchup the top ranked Bishops traveled to Greencastle and escaped with a 3-1 victory. Although Ohio Wesleyan had the regular season success it was the Tigers who defeated the Bishops to grab the NCAC tournament title in 2011 and 12.

After 110 minutes of tied soccer the Battling Bishops and the Tigers headed to a penalty kick shootout. Shot for shot the teams remained tied; neither team could miss. It was no surprise that after five attempts the teams would be tied and need extra shots to crown a victor.

DePauw’s sixth penalty kick attempt glanced off the left post giving the Bishops an opportunity to win the game. Ohio Wesleyan converted on their final attempt sending them to the NCAC championship on Saturday night.

Ohio Wesleyan (18-0-3) largely dominated the first half outshooting the Tigers 9-3 and holding a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. The Bishops were rewarded for their persistence when Evan Lee knocked in a pass from Matt Shadoan with 29:48 on the clock.

Down 1-0 entering the second half DePauw picked up the intensity and tied the contest when Andy Morrison drove home a goal in the 61st minute. The Bishops answered when Lee scored his second goal of the night on a pass from Brian Schaefer with 75:14 on the clock.

The Tigers were able to mount another comeback and tie the contest 2-2 when Julian Gonzalez blasted home a goal in the 79th minute. The half would end tied 2-2 sending the contest into overtime. Ohio Wesleyan outshot the Tigers 13-0 in the two overtime periods, but were unable to net a goal. DePauw goalie Jake Pezzuto made a number of clutch saves in the overtime periods to keep the Tigers alive.

After an amazing display of skill and determination by both teams it was too bad that one team had to lose and unfortunately that team was DePauw, falling 6-5 in penalty kicks. Ohio Wesleyan outshot the Tigers 33-15 in the contest and held a 15-3 edge on corner kicks. DePauw goalie Pezzuto grabbed six saves in the contest

Although an NCAC tournament championship is out of the picture, DePauw still has a chance at earning an NCAA at-large bid. The Tigers (14-2-3) will learn of their NCAA postseason fate Monday at 1p.m during the selection show on NCAA.com.

For updates on the DePauw men’s soccer program, follow DePauw on Twitter (@DePauwAthletics / @DePauwSoccer) or check the DePauw Athletics webpage.

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