Sept. 21, 2019- The DePauw University field hockey team opened its home game campaign with a 3-2 overtime victory over the The College of Wooster Fighting Scots.
The Tigers came out with roaring speed quickly taking control of the game. Just minutes into the first quarter DePauw had two shots on goal, with one them finding the back of the cage with the putback by Maddie DeAscentis.
Up 1-0 early the Tigers continued to squeeze play in the midfield hindering the Fighting Scots from advancing the ball up the field.
DePauw's continued pressure on Wooster allowed the Tigers to advance into it's opponent's striking circle with ease. Within three minutes of scoring its first goal; a well-placed pass by Sarah Goff to Alexa Steil put the Tigers up by 2.
Midway through the first quarter, Wooster began to turn the tables, moving the ball up the sides of the field and spreading the Tigers out in its defensive end. Following back-to-back penalty corners, the Fighting Scots caught a break and were able to slip a ball past Allie Duranceau.
The second quarter was a consistent back and forth battle, with neither team able to pull away. With the 2-1 lead going into the second half the Fighting Scots came out fired up and ready to get back into the game.
Out shooting DePauw 7-6, Woosters looks on goal were closely contested, yet the defensive line and the quick recovery time by Duranceau kept the Tigers in the lead.
With just one more quarter to play DePauw looked to extend its lead, getting to shots off early in the fourth. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Wooster would not let up, and a foul in favor of the Fighting Scots in the striking circle led to a rocketed penalty stroke goal to tie the game at 2.
Though the Tigers didn't close out the match in regulation, it fought for the last shot. With just ten seconds left in regulation, DePauw pushed the ball from their defensive end, down the right sideline to get one final attempt before time expired.
Tied at two Wooster and DePauw went into seven versus seven sudden victory play. With another ten minutes to play, the Tigers looked ready to put the game away. Despite an early attempt by the Fighting Scots, DePauw took advantage of the condensed Wooster fielding and poked the ball up the field to Kate Milner.
With just one defender and the goalie to beat Milner utilized her speed, strength, and composure to get past the backline, and rebound to score off her first attempt on goal.
DePauw improves to 3-3 and extends its win streak to two. The Tigers travel to play Earlham on Sept. 24, with game time set for six p.m.