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Denison and CMU play to 2-2 draw in home opener

Abby King  |  Photo by Bryce Stricker
Abby King | Photo by Bryce Stricker

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Senior Claire Kolff and sophomore Abby King scored first for the Big Red, but the Tartans responded with a pair of second-half goals as Denison women's soccer played to a 2-2 tie with Carnegie Mellon on Saturday afternoon in Granville.

Despite being outshot 23-5, Denison cashed in on two of their three shots on goal while the Big Red defense kept the Tartans off the board in extra time.

Highlighted by a 6-3 shooting performance in the first half, Carnegie Mellon carried a bulk of the momentum in the opening frame, but sophomore goalkeeper Patil Tcholakian locked down the DU defense with five saves in the first 38 minutes of play.

Tcholakian's early saves helped DU take possession at the end of the half as King accepted a cross from Sydney Ludes at 42:37 and tallied her first goal of the season. The Big Red carried a 1-0 lead into the break.

CMU's Stephanie Ramsay tallied the first two shots of the second half, but the Denison offense picked up where they left off in the 51st minute when Ludes sent a pass to Kolff who recorded her first goal of 2019 to give DU a 2-0 lead at 50:07.

Less than 12 minutes later, the Tartans entered the scoring column for the first time when a cross from Hannah Anderson was bobbled by Tcholakian and Abby Kuznick took the rebound and finished it in the back of the net. Denison still led 2-1 in the 62nd minute.

At 78:37, CMU tied the match at 2-2 when Allie Hunter took a shot at the top of the box and posted a goal in the upper left-hand corner of the net. The Tartans added two more shots on goal in the second half, but neither side was able to score as they entered extra time.

The Tartans posted three shots in each overtime period, but both Denison and CMU stayed scoreless in overtime as the Big Red earned their second draw of the season and moved to 0-2-2. Carnegie Mellon moved to 1-1-1 in 2019.

King and Kolff led the team with one goal each while Ludes finished with two assists. Junior Kelly O'Neill finished with a team-high three shots. CMU's Helena Spencer tallied a match-high four shots on goal while Ramsay, Taylor Cammarata, and Tara Durstewitz posted three shots each.

Tcholakian recorded a career-high 12 saves on 14 total shots from the Tartans while CMU's Carolyn Botz and Andrea Sipos combined for one save in 110 minutes of action.

Denison returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 8 when they host Adrian College at 1 p.m. from Barclay-Thomsen Field.