Sept. 18, 2019- The DePauw University men's soccer team snapped Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's five-game win-streak, in a suspenseful 2-1 double-overtime victory.
After going scoreless in the first half, it was clear that the Tigers would have a tough match ahead of them. Recording just four shots apiece in the first quarter Rose-Hulman and DePauw managed to keep most of the play by the midline.
The Fightin' Engineers methodical play and ability to get the first touch off a goal kick almost wore down the Tigers.
Despite playing into Rose-Hulman's pace in the first half, DePauw came out ready in the second and maintained possession of the ball throughout the second half. That control of the ball would prove to be what the Tigers needed, and in its pursuit to push the ball deeper in the Fightin' Engineers half DePauw was fouled within striking distance.
Jay Klein confidently stepped up and took the free-kick, curving the ball just right, finding Grady Bruch who headed it into the top right corner of the net. Stunning both the crowd as well as Rose-Hulman, the 1-0 lead, was quickly tied back to one just minutes later.
Unable to get a leg up on each other, the final 30 minutes of the match were exceedingly chippy, which continued as the two teams played their hearts out in the first overtime.
Ten minutes ticked by quickly with only one shot attempt by Rose-Hulman recorded. The second overtime, however, the Tigers came back to the field and started with possession of the ball and kept it.
Not wavering in its goal to win DePauw moved up its defensive line, and attacked from all directions. That aggressive play would lead to Klein getting fouled in the box, resulting in a game-defining penalty kick.
Klein, once again stepping up to take the penalty kick, neatly places the ball in the opposite direction of the Fightin' Engineers goalie to record the golden goal of the game!
With its victory tonight the Tigers improve to 5-1, with an undefeated home record. DePauw is back on the road to play Centre on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m.