Sept. 1, 2019 (Mount Berry, Ga)- The DePauw University men's soccer team earn their first win of the season, in a chippy 1-0 win over Sewanee, in day two of the Berry Invitational.
The Tigers' night of rest and reflecting seemed evident in their second game of the Berry Invitational. With fresh legs and a much more vocal game strategy, DePauw was able to maintain control of the ball throughout the first half.
Improvements in the Tigers game didn't stop there; the timing and accuracy of their passes created space and opportunity for DePauw to outshoot their opponents 6-2.
The Tigers successful attacking got under Sewanee's skin, and with emotions increasing on both ends the chippiness of the game escalated.
DePauw, however, kept playing their game and continued to place high-pressure containment on Sewanee's defensive line helping the Tigers earn four corners in the half.
Entering the second half scoreless, DePauw once again took control of the pace of the game, pushing the ball down the left sideline and then crossing the ball to men in the center of the field.
One effort, in particular, found Carlos Martinez in the middle of the field, providing a substantial opportunity to score.
Using his speed, Martinez finessed his way past defenders and was eventually fouled by Sewanee's goalkeeper James Murray, earning DePauw a penalty kick.
Stepping up to take the Tigers penalty kick, senior Jay Klein, skillfully placed the ball into the left bottom corner of the net, giving DePauw the 1-0 lead.
Sewanee's sudden deficit led to them turning up their defensive pressure, forcing the majority of the second half to be played in DePauw's defensive half.
Although Sewanee's tactics did force the pace of the game, the Tigers communication and confidence between the defensive line and Dylan Ruzbasan allowed DePauw to contain every attack on goal quickly and efficiently.
As time wound down, Sewanee's frustrations began to take hold of their play, and DePauw was provided with a couple more chances at attacking the net. Though the Tigers were unable to extend their lead, it was clear that the confidence in both individual and team play was starting to form, resulting in a dominant victory.
DePauw returns to Greencastle, Ind. to play the Anderson University Ravens on Sept. 3 at Reavis Stadium. Come out to the Home Opener and support your Tigers, game time is set for 6 PM EDT.