Though the game ended in a scoreless draw against The College of Wooster (7-3-1, 1-0-1), the Tigers (2-5-2, 0-1-2) had reasons to be positive.
“We would have loved to get a W within conference play to get us going,” junior Stephanie Martin said. “On the other side though it was a great 110 minutes of play especially when that has been one of the struggles; putting together a full good 90 minutes of DePauw Women's Soccer.”
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Cho started her second game of the season and had seven saves to keep Wooster from finding the back of the net.
“We were the first team to shut them out this season,” Martin said.
Elizabeth Seewer, who had three shot attempts for the Tigers, said, “We deserved to win that game, we fought so hard.”
However, she also agreed with Martin that there were good things to take from the game as well.
“That was the first time we had a good 90 minutes — normally we only play like good increments of 20 minutes but this was the whole game we were consistent,” Seewer said.
The main issue with the Tigers’ attack this weekend wasn’t lack of chances; it was missed opportunities.
“Finishing shots would have won us that game because we had great runs, were in great attacking formation all around but we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Martin said.
Sophomore Kelsey Cobbs agreed.
“We had opportunities to be dangerous,” she said. “We just couldn’t finish.”
Going into their next matchup and looking forward at the rest of the season, the Tigers have some work to do if they plan on achieving their goals.
“Our goals still remain the same,” Martin said. “We would love to place top 2 in order to host in conference but we have a lot of work to do in regards to winning the rest of our conference games in order to achieve that goal.”
Beyond conference, Cho brought up the biggest goal of the season.
“Our overall goal is to make it to the second round of the national tournament,” Cho said. “If we are going to make it that far we need to keep taking risks out on the field and go for the goal.”
Alyson Marizone added,
"As a team we are really coming together on the field and with each game you can really see our improvement. I think that if we continue to work on taking on our defender and finishing we will be able to be successful these next couple of games to come."
Some of the players believe their fortunes will turnaround.
“All of these ties and losses have to be happening for a reason, there has to be a reward at the end of all of this for us,” Seewer said. “Last year we peaked way to early and had a six-game winning streak. I'm hoping since we have six games left that it'll come soon—I'm excited to see what's to come.”
The Tiger’s next game will be Wednesday, against Illinois Wesleyan University. Kickoff will be at Reavis Stadium at 7 p.m.