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Early goal stands in win over Thomas More

Dylan Brown  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Dylan Brown | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  Denison scored off a set piece in the fourth minute of play. That, combined with some stellar play in goal by Dylan Brown, allowed the Big Red to hold on for a 1-0 victory over Thomas More.

Denison took the early lead after a corner kick was awarded to the Big Red.  Senior Max Haupt served the ball into the box where Jordan Williams went up for the header and got enough of the ball to flick it past Andrew Mathews for the goal.  It was Williams' third goal of the season and the third assist in just three matches for Haupt.

The Saints outshot Denison 11-6 in the first half and had a good chance to score in the 28th minute when Bryce Day had an open look from inside the box that was blocked away by Williams.

Brown, who recently set the Denison single-game record with 14 saves against Otterbein, was on his game against Thomas More.   He turned in four saves in the first half and returned with four more in the second.

In the 73rd minute of play, the Big Red evaded another strong scoring opportunity by Thomas More when a well-placed through ball just missed the foot of Jack Berner.  In the 83rd minute, Suli Kayed uncorked a shot from just beyond the 18 only to have it carom off the crossbar and go out of bounds.

Over the final five minutes, there were plenty of white knuckles among the Big Red fans in the stands.  With 3:33 left, Thomas More's Sam Lewis took a right-footed shot that went just over the top of the goal.  With only 1:23 remaining, Lewis took another shot that forced Brown to dive at full-extension to make the match-saving save.

With under a minute to play, Thomas More had one final corner kick, but their shot attempt was wide of the frame.

Denison improved to 4-5 with the win while Thomas More drops to 4-4-1.  The Saints held a 20-9 advantage in shots and won the corner kick battle, 8-5.  The Big Red returns to North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 30 when they travel to Kenyon for a 3:30 p.m. tilt with the Lords.