Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw University men's soccer team recorded its first tie of the season in its final home game against rival Wabash College in 110 minutes of pure energy.
With full stands representing both the Tigers and the Little Giants, the atmosphere was reminiscent of a postseason matchup. Starting with the ball, Wabash quickly challenged the DePauw backline with its impressive speed. Though its speed forced the Tigers to play on the defensive when DePauw controlled the ball, the tables quickly turned.
Across two halves, the Tigers outshot the Little Giants eight to five and tallied 11 corners, nine of which came in the last 10 minutes of the second half.
Despite being scoreless after regulation, it was evident that DePauw's ability to slow the game down and work the ball around the pitch was too much for Wabash to get the upper hand offensively.
Throughout both regulation and both overtimes, the Tigers striking pressure in and around the Little Giants goalie box led to numerous free-kick attempts that were effectively headed out of the box by Wabash defenders. Though Wabash finished the match with significantly fewer shots than DePauw of the seven shots on goal three were spectacularly saved balls by goalkeeper Dylan Ruzbasan.
Ruzbasan's ability to extend his body to push some well-placed strikes on goal kept the game rolling. Another force on the Tigers backline was defender Jack Herbst. His height and stride played a significant factor in stifling any advancements into DePauw's back half.
Though the outcome was not a win, the DePauw Tigers' efforts kept the Wabash College Little Giants at bay and kept its postseason hopes alive.
The Tigers play its last regular-season match on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m. against Kenyon College following the women's soccer game at 1 p.m.