By Kathlyn Craigie
Assistant Sports Editor
As she runs down the field dribbling the ball, sweat dripping down her face, the opposing team’s defenders are getting closer. She passes the ball down to her open teammate. She shoots. She scores. Denison women’s soccer wins.
The Big Red beat Oberlin College on Oct. 31, 2-0. After this last victory of the regular season the Big Red finishes with an overall record of 14-3 and a 6-2 conference record. Denison is the number two seed going into the NCAC tournament.
The first half of the game went scoreless. Anne Denz ’17 scored her sixth goal this season in the second half of the match making the score 1-0, Denison. Maggie Armstrong ’19 made the second goal of the game shortly after the first goal, advancing the Big Red 2-0.
This was the eighth game that goalie Jenny Herold ’19 did not allow the opposing team to score. Herold said that Denison put a lot of pressure on Oberlin’s players which helped them go scoreless.
The Big Red is going into this week preparing for the NCAC tournament.
“We’re going to prepare like we usually do and practice hard and get focused for the game,” Herold said. “We are not going to look ahead of ourselves, we’re just gonna take one game at a time.”
Drew Wentzel ’18 said that the team is focusing on preparing for their game versus Kenyon.
“We know what we have to do. It’s more about our chemistry and the willingness to want it more than the other team. We are also super hyped to get a rematch against Kenyon,” Wentzel said.
“We need to be more consistent in our style of play if we want to go far,”
Wentzel said that in order for Denison to be victorious this next week that the team needs to be focused in their preparation.
“Be consistent. Want it more. Play like we know how. Have confidence. We are good enough that winning is a choice. We just have to show it. No one is going to give us anything, we have to earn it all,” Wentzel said.
With this victory over Oberlin, the women’s team will play Kenyon College in the semifinals. Kenyon is seeded third in the tournament and the game will take place next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Barclay-Thomsen Field. First seed DePauw University will be playing fourth seed Wittenberg University at the same time on Wednesday. The winner of each game with play on Saturday and the remaining highest ranked team will host the championship.
Herold said that the team is very excited to face Kenyon again after losing to them in overtime a few weeks ago.
“We can’t wait to show them who the better team is and to get the win.”