Meadville, Pa.- The DePauw University women's soccer team tally its 10th win of the season and remain on top in the NCAC after beating the Allegheny College Gators 3-2 in overtime.
With weather conditions playing a factor in the early stages of the match, the Tigers still managed to push the ball up into the Gators back half.
The Tigers' persistence and ability to spread the field played a significant role in beating Allegheny.
Using a couple give and go options to breakdown the backline, Alex Berkley passed the ball to Shaili Kumar, who had just enough time and space to slip the ball past the Gators goalkeeper who had jumped off the line a little too late.
Unfortunately, DePauw's lead was short-lived as the Gators would answer minutes later in a similar fashion.
As the rain continued to come down, play by either team did not slow down. With the game tied at one, some momentum was built by Allegheny, and it continued to find its way back in Tiger territory.
In the 30th-minute of play, the Gators were awarded a penalty kick and capitalized, putting Allegheny up 2-1 before the end of the half.
Despite being down for the first time in four games, DePauw continued to control the pace of the game, outshooting the Gators eight to two in the second half.
Finally catching a break after wearing down Allegheny's defense, Kumar and Berkley would work together once again, this time switching roles, to tie the game at two apiece.
With overtime as a possibility, DePauw was in familiar territory, remaining calm and collected; the Tigers used its speed and footwork to keep the ball in the Gators' half for the remainder of the game.
Overtime was all DePauw, stifling the Gators offense from kickoff the Tigers outshot Allegheny 7-0. In the 99th-minute of play off a soaring cross by Jillian Snow, Berkley took on the last defender and headed the ball for the winning goal.
The Tigers improve to 10-5-2 overall, 5-0-2 in the NCAC, settling into first-place with just one more game of the regular season to play. DePauw plays Kenyon College on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m.