DePauw (12-3-0, 9-1-0), Kenyon (11-4-0, 9-2-0) and Denison (11-3-0, 8-2-0) have each punched a ticket into the North Coast Tournament heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Kenyon, which handed DePauw its lone loss in conference play earlier this year, will host the Tigers on Saturday.
DENISON went 2-0 last week as they took down two NCAC opponents in Wittenberg, 2-1, and Ohio Wesleyan, 4-1. Scoring six goals in the two games, the Big Red outshot their opponents, 25-9. The victory against Ohio Wesleyan marked the Big Red’s fifth victory in a row. Charlotte Happel (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate) scored two goals, both coming in the game against OWU, and Lucy Pearsall (Chicago, IL/Latin School of Chicago) had one goal and one assist last week.
DEPAUW defeated Wooster, 7-1, and Oberlin, 4-0, last weekend to improve to 12-3 overall and 9-1 in the conference. Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/Columbus Academy) led the charge with two goals against Wooster and an assist in the Oberlin game. DePauw has won six-straight games and five-consecutive conference games.
EARLHAM split a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Wooster, before bouncing back to defeat Oberlin, 2-1. Senior Megan Hut (Tiel, Netherlands/RSG Lingcollege) converted a penalty stroke and freshman goalkeeper Camille van der Vaart (The Hague, Netherlands/Segbroek College) saved a penalty shot to preserve the win against the Yeowomen. Earlham returns to action this week with road games at Denison and Kenyon.
KENYON is on a five-game winning streak after picking up road victories against Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan last week. Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken School) was brilliant in goal last week, including a 17-save performance against Wittenberg. That tied her single-game best which she set as a freshman against DePauw two seasons ago. Speroff leads the NCAC in shutouts and save percentage and is second in goals against average The Ladies are 11-4 and 9-2 in NCAC play and are a half-game back of conference leader DePauw who they’ll play next on October 22 at home.
OBERLIN is still searching for its first win of the season after a weekend trip to Indiana. In their first matchup in two weeks, the Yeowomen battled Earlham on Saturday afternoon to another one-goal loss after their 4-3 loss back in September. On Sunday, Oberlin fell to DePauw, 4-0, despite a 10-save effort from senior goalie Maggie Gossiaux (Manassas, VA/Stonewall Jackson). Up next, the Yeowomen will square off with Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan over the coming weekend, but not before hosting Washington and Jefferson on Wednesday night.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped all three of its contests last week, falling to non-conference foe Wash. & Jeff. on Tuesday, before losing a pair of NCAC games to Kenyon and Denison over the weekend. Junior midfielder Courtney Peterson (Bexley, OH/Bexley) scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Bishops with three points on the week.
WITTENBERG dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week and have now lost four-straight contests after winning six of seven before the current streak. Blaine Donnelly (Hanover, MD/Archbishop Spalding) scored her eighth goal of the season in the tough 2-1 loss against Denison.
WOOSTER split its two matches in the Hoosier State over the weekend. The Scots allowed a goal at Earlham seven minutes into the contest, but posted a clean sheet the rest of the way on Friday to earn a 3-1 victory. Rose Taylor (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park & River Forest) scored her third goal in the last four games to tie the score at one, and Leah Prescott (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) added two scores on the evening.