Aug. 31, 2019 (Mount Berry, Ga.)- The DePauw University men's soccer team couldn't find the back of the net as they opened their regular season play in a 3-0 loss against Berry College.
Despite looking sharp in the first few minutes of the match, after 20 minutes of play both the DePauw Tigers and Berry Vikings were playing timidly, resulting in a slow start to the game.
Playing most of the first half in the midfield, the Vikings managed to slip into the Tiger half and capitalize on their first corner kick attempt off a header. Finding themselves down by one, in the 26-minute DePauw didn't have much time to adjust their defensive strategy, before falling behind by two, this time off an offensive attack.
Though down 2-0 with minutes left in the first half the Tigers were able to hold off the Vikings and answer with some pressure of their own against Berry's defensive line as time wound down.
Down at the start of the half, a corner kick at the 50th minute and a strike by Jake Brady were the first viable attempts at goal for DePauw; however, the Vikings goalkeeper remained vigilant and stopped the Tigers chances of cutting the lead to one.
Unfortunately, that was just one of the three-shot attempts on goal for the game, and with Berry out shooting DePauw 11 to 3, the Tigers could not seem to slow down the attacking power of the Viking forwards.
Frustration took hold of DePauw late in the game, and as communication broke down, Berry took advantage and scored once more as the game wound down. Though the loss was a tough way to open the season, the Tigers have a chance to redeem themselves as they take on Sewanee tomorrow at 10 a.m. Click HERE for live video.