Sept. 4, 2019- The DePauw University women's soccer team opened its home campaign on a high note, with a 2-1 win over Carthage College.
The energy was high, and the crowd was ready to see the Tigers in its home opener match. The first half both DePauw and Carthage played tentatively, assessing their opponent while trying to get a step on the defensive line.
Despite a slow start to the half, the Tigers eventually found its rhythm and pushed the pace of the game. As DePauw took control of the match, the Lady Reds played with more aggression creating an intense atmosphere on the field.
Finishing the half at scoreless, both teams the entered the second with vigor. Confidence was higher between the sides, and the one on one play on the ball coupled with well-timed crosses led to more successful attacks on goal for DePauw.
The Tigers finally connected following a corner attempt that was reset by Madison Smith who slipped it into Alex Berkley, giving DePauw a 1-0 advantage over Carthage early in the second half.
DePauw continued to drive the ball in the Lady Reds' half, going after and winning every loose ball. The Tigers' hard work paid off yet again when Abbie Morris took on a defender in a box following yet another corner kick and found the back of the net, putting DePauw up by two.
Not going away Carthage did get itself back within one goal off a penalty kick, but the Tigers' determination to earn a home win took over. With time winding down and the Lady Reds stepping up their attack DePauw got a second wind and closed out the game with an assertive clear by Shaili Kumar.
The Tigers' next game is back at home against No. 12 Centre College, on Sun. Sept. 8, at Noon.