GRANVILLE, Ohio – Sophomore Charlotte Godfrey scored in the 57th minute to help Denison field hockey collect their eighth-straight win and defeat Wittenberg University on Tuesday evening, 2-1, at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium in Granville. The victory also kept the Big Red unbeaten in North Coast Athletic Conference play at 11-0.
Controlling the shots (15-5) and penalty corners (8-4) throughout the match, DU took the shot advantage at the 10:31 mark when freshman Maya Tumiwa raced down the left side of the field and sent a pass to a lunging Charlotte Happel who sent the ball in the back of the cage and put the Big Red ahead, 1-0.
Less than three minutes later, Wittenberg answered with their third shot of the match when Sofi Hess' striking shot from atop the shooting circle was tipped in by Blaine Donnelly to tie it up at 1-1 during the first 15 minutes of the first half.
Following Wittenberg's goal, DU outshot the opposition 6-1 before halftime, including four combined shots by Happel and senior Lucy Pearsall. Unable to connect, both sides entered intermission tied at 1-1.
After attempting three of the first four shots in the second half, the Big Red broke through the tie at 56:06 when senior Kat Swan sent a pass from the right side through the Tigers defense to an awaiting Godfrey who buried it past Witt's goalie Allie Purvis to put Denison in front, 2-1, with less than 14 minutes to play.
Despite the Tigers pushing the pace near the end of the match, Wittenberg was unable to attempt another shot as Denison secured the victory and improved to 13-2 overall on the season. The win also gave DU their 23rd straight win over NCAC competition dating back to Sept. 15, 2017.
Happel led the match with five shots and three shots on goal. Her goal in the 11th minute also tied her for the team-lead with Pearsall at six on the year. Godfrey and Pearsall each tallied three shots on the day, including a combined four shots on goal. Witt's Donnelly and Megan Niswonger both finished with two shots each, tied for a team best.
Earning her 13th win in the cage this season, sophomore Teya Adams garnered one save in 70 minutes of action, while Wittenberg's Purvis collected six saves in a full match effort.
With three matches remaining during the regular season, the Big Red will take their winning streak on the road this Thursday, October 16 when they travel to Delaware, Ohio to take on the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops at 4 p.m.