Greencastle, Ind. – The men’s soccer team gave its fans plenty to cheer about in its home finale, defeating Wabash 3-1.
Playing to a full house, tensions ran high between the two rivals but goals from Alieu Musa, Taras Tataryn and Mitch Reavis helped to put DePauw on top. Goalkeeper Chris Yount (9-2-4) allowed just one goal and only needed to make one save in the win.
The Tigers (10-2-4, 5-1-2) managed to take a 2-0 lead at halftime to separate themselves from the Little Giants (11-4-2, 3-3-2). Musa scored the game’s first goal (27:03) from in front of the net off an assist from Julian Gonzalez. Almost four minutes later Taras Tataryn scored his first goal of the season (30:45) shortly after a corner kick.
Wabash made it a 2-1 game at 49:52 in the second half off a goal from Adam Antalis, which came soon after a free kick from midfield.
Reavis gave the Tigers some comfort late (67:26) when Adrian Ables led him with a pass for a 1-on-1 with Wabash goalkeeper Dayton Jennings. Jennings (9-4-2) was unable to make the save but ended the night with two saves of his own.
DePauw outshot Wabash 11-10, while both teams tied in corners (two) and fouls (12).
Wabash was also issued three yellow cards and a red card was issued to one of their assistant coaches.
With the win, the Tigers clinch a spot in the conference tournament but are still battling for one of the top three spots in the standings. However, they have one more game on the regular season schedule – Saturday at Allegheny.