Stumble in Final Minutes: Women’s Soccer Not Giving Up

The women’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss last weekend, losing 1-0 to Denison, but remain optimistic as they head into the postseason.

Saturday night marked the final match of the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament. Wittenberg was seeded first in the championship after only one regular season conference loss to Kenyon back in September.

Wittenberg hasn’t seen the finals of the NCAC tournament since 2013, and until Wednesday versus Kenyon, the Tigers hadn’t won a tournament game since the 2013 semifinal, a match that came down to the wits of penalty kicks.

Denison had control of the ball for a majority of the game; however, both teams only recorded four shots on goal. Denison scored the winning goal with less than two minutes to go.

Juniors Hannah Wilson and Leah Soutar, and senior Michelle Brunswick were each named to the all-tournament team. Wilson, starting goalie for the Tigers, recorded 4 saves during the tournament. Brunswick scored twice during Wednesday’s semifinal against Kenyon. Soutar, known best for her front flips during throw-ins, made two assists against Kenyon.

Head coach Matt Fannon and his team look forward to this weekend, as Wittenberg was selected to be the site for the NCAA Division III regional tournament. Wittenberg will host Carnegie Mellon, Penn St.-Berks and Nazareth. The first round of soccer action will begin on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Nazareth College.

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