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Wooster Bows Out of NCAA Tournament in Second Round

Wooster Bows Out of NCAA Tournament in Second Round

Wooster held the sixth-ranked team in the nation to one goal, but was eliminated in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament as Wheaton (IL) defeated the Fighting Scots 1-0.

The Thunder came out strong, putting two shots on goal in the first three minutes of play, and were able to net the only score of the game in the 15th minute of the first half. The Thunder continued to apply pressure outshooting the Scots 8-2, while earning seven corners to Wooster's two in the first 45 minutes of play.

The second half would see Wheaton take 10 shots, five of which were on goal, while the Scots took five shots, three on frame, but were not able to find the equalizer.

Wooster goalkeeper Molly Hutter (Wake Forest, NC/Ravenscroft) would be kept busy throughout the match, posting nine saves, while Krenare Rakoci (Hoffman Estates, IL/Hoffman Estates) led the offense with two shots, landing one on frame. Mackenzie Goltz (Muskegon, MI/Reeths Puffer) and Kelsey Hall (Coraopolis, PA/Moon Area) also recorded one shot-on-goal each for Wooster.

Wheaton outshot the Scots 18-7 and held an 11-6 edge in corner kicks in the second-round matchup. 

Wooster, after making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament second round, concludes the year at 14-3-4, while Wheaton (18-1-2) will move on to the third round.

First Round:

The Wooster women's soccer team advanced, 4-3, in penalty kicks on Friday, Nov. 15, against Case Western in the NCAA Division III tournament.

The game was deadlocked at zero for the first 110 minutes of play before penalty kicks were needed to decide a winner. Wooster goalkeeper Molly Hutter (Wake Forest, NC/Ravenscroft) had an outstanding day, making a career-high 11 saves as Case Western managed 26 shots, 11 of which were on goal.

Wooster began penalty kicks with a miss before connecting on four straight by Alexa Bencic (West Chester, OH/Lakota East), Brie Jarrell (Springfield, OH/Shawnee), Mackenzie Goltz (Muskegon, MI/Reeths Puffer) and Mila Zunich (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake). Case Western made its first three attempts before an unsuccessful fourth attempt and a fifth attempt that hit off the post and sealed a Fighting Scots' victory.

Wooster advances to the second round of the NCAA tournament against host, Wheaton. The Fighting Scots are in the midst of their second-consecutive NCAA tournament after collecting back-to-back NCAC tournament titles. The Thunder beat Webster, 3-0, on Friday and carry a 17-1-2 record into the second round of the tournament. Wheaton received an at-large bid into the tournament after falling to Augustana in penalty kicks in the semifinal round of the CCIW tournament.

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The Wooster Fighting Scots (14-2-3) used a double-overtime goal to capture the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9, defeating DePauw, 1-0.

The game was deadlocked at zero in double overtime before Mila Zunich (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) pushed a ball to Miura Wiley (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire Academy) and she dropped it in the back of the net for the game-winner. The tournament-clinching goal was her six of the season and second game-winner of 2019, the other coming on Sept. 12 against John Carroll (W, 3-1). DePauw outshot Wooster 17-7 in the game, while Wooster had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. The Fighting Scots' Molly Hutter (Wake Forest, NC/Ravenscroft) made nine saves while Tiger goalkeeper Reanna Stiehler (Seminole, FL/Dixie Hollins) collected one. 

As NCAC Tournament champions, the Fighting Scots earned the conference's automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer tournament for the second-consecutive season and will make their third overall appearance. Wooster will open play with a first-round game against No. 21 Case Western Reserve at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) on Friday, November 15, at 2:30 p.m. The Spartans (13-5), making their second appearance in the national tournament, earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Wooster and Case have met 35 times all-time, with the Spartans claiming a 1-0 overtime win during their last matchup in 2018. Case holds a 16-13-6 advantage over the Fighting Scots. The winner of the Wooster vs. Case first-round contest will move on to face the winner of the No. 6 Wheaton (IL) and Webster match.

The Fighting Scots, led by 29-year head coach David "Geordie" Brown, have gotten strong performances this season from Wiley, Zunich and Holly Thompson (West Chester, OH/Lakota East). Wiley, the 2019 NCAC Tournament MVP, has recorded 19 points of off six goals and seven assists, while Zunich and Thompson have each netted six goals. On the defensive side of the ball, Hutter has denied 74 shots and allowed just 10 goals in 1684:17 minutes of action with a 0.53 goals against average.

Complete NCAA Tournament information can be found online HERE.