GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Denison won its 12th straight game and advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship after a 3-0 victory over Wittenberg in Wednesday's semifinal matchup at Piper Stadium.
With the win, Denison will host Wooster in the NCAC Tournament Championship on Saturday (Nov. 3) at a time to be determined. The winner of Saturday's championship game will receive the NCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The match was scoreless until the 33rd minute when Charlotte Happel secured possession inside the circle and sent a shot across her body to the far corner of the goal. It was Happel's seventh of the season and it came on her third shot attempt of the game.
Seven minutes into the second half, All-American fullback Michelle Kabaira came forward on offense, dribbled into the circle and created enough space to fire a shot from close range. It got past Wittenberg goalkeeper Allie Purvis and put DU on top, 2-0.
Just six minutes later, Lucy Pearsall took a shot that went off the pads of Purvis. Godfrey played the carom perfectly and scored off the rebound for her seventh goal of the season.
Godfrey's goal closed out the scoring but Denison held a big 26-5 advantage in shots and a 10-4 advantage in penalty corner attempts. Joan Matthews had one defensive save for Wittenberg and Caroline Little added a defensive save for the Big Red.
DU goalie Teya Adams improved to 17-2 and posted her eighth shutout of the season with a two-save performance. Purvis recorded eight saves for the Tigers.
Abby Scully, Godfrey and Happel paced the Big Red with six shots apiece.