Oct. 1, 2019- The DePauw University men's soccer team win a nail-biter in a 3-2 win over Saint Mary of the Woods College, thanks to a late header to close out its opponents in the 89th-minute.
The unanticipated speed of the Pomeroys' caught the Tigers off guard in the opening minutes of the match. Despite maintaining possession of the ball, Saint Mary of the Woods made some strong offensive pushes that eventually paid off.
At the thirteenth minute mark, the Pomeroys got the upper hand and slipped past the backline to find the back of the net, giving them a definitive 1-0 lead.
The Tigers would contain SMWC in their half for the remaining minutes of the first half putting up 15 shots to the Pomeroys three. DePauw's ability to stay deep in SMWC's half led to a corner followed by a goal by Jack Schrepferman, who settled the pass from Gustavo Kasmanas to Zach Napora, tying the game at one.
In the second half, the Tigers played with a chip on its shoulder and managed to pull ahead with a goal by Sam Kramer. Kramer scored after settling a pass from Quinn Flaspohler, who just seconds earlier attempted a shot on goal himself.
Up 2-1 with plenty of time in the game, DePauw countered every Pomeroy advancement. Still, the physicality of the game led to an untimely free-kick for SMWC, who then capitalized on the opportunity and balanced the scoreboard at two goals apiece.
Once again the Tigers found itself fighting for a win with less than 10 minutes in the game. Seemingly determined to not go into overtime, DePauw played smart, and with caution in its half, and with vigor and speed when it pushed the ball up the field.
That energy propelled them as the Tigers took its only corner of the second half. Lining up the ball and looking cross-field Jake Brady places the ball towards the right post to find the foot of Jake Limauro who sets up Kramer for a quick header to take the lead.
With just three minutes of play left in the game, DePauw managed to contain and clear the ball so that SMWC had no opportunities to extend the game, solidifying its seventh win of the season.
The Tigers improve to 7-3 overall and are on the road to face its second NCAC opponent Wooster on Sat., Oct. 5 at noon.