Big Win For The Big Red

Denison advances to the second round of the tournament with a 1-0 win over Centre

Nov. 15, 2008

Freshman Angela Coderre's (Flossmor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmor) goal in the 44th minute combined with an impressive performance by the defense lifted the 19th-ranked Denison women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Centre College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament on Saturday in Westerville, Ohio.

The Big Red dominated the opening half with a 7-0 advantage in shots which included multiple scoring opportunities. At the 33:12 mark, junior Julie Dean (Liberty Township, Ohio/Mt. Notre Dame) unloaded a shot on goal that was corralled by Centre goalkeeper Rosie McAuley. With just under nine minutes left in the half, Dean tipped the ball away from a challenging McAuley but pushed her shot just wide of the goal mouth.

Denison finally broke the scoreless tie at 43:15 when Coderre buried the loose ball into the back of the net. The first-year's second goal of the season was set up off a corner kick by junior Anna Rusch (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends School) and gave DU a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

The Big Red carried the first-half momentum into the second period. The Denison offense had two solid chances to add an insurance goal in the second half. With 24:14 left in regulation, junior Laura Kuehn (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) ripped a shot that deflected off the hands of McAuley bounced off the post and came right back to the Centre goalie. Roughly a minute later Dean took a centering pass and rung it off the pipe. Dean led the DU attack with seven of the squad's 14 shots, including a game-high three shots on goal.

The Denison defense played an outstanding 90 minutes. The Big Red backline surrendered just two shots to the Colonels and shutdown a late Centre rally that could have tied the match.

DU attempted eight corner kicks compared to none by the Colonels. Junior goalkeeper Courtney Cobb (Sylvania, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) made two stops for Denison while McAuley ended the match with six saves.

With the win the Big Red (15-4-1) advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will face Otterbein College on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cardinals defeated Penn State Altoona 1-0 in the first match of the day. Denison and Otterbein met earlier this season in Westerville with the Cards posting a 3-1 win.

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