Hope women upset No. 4 Wheaton, No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan advances
In women's action on day one of the 2014 NCAA tournament, Hope created the first upset of the post-season, upending No. 4 Wheaton, while No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan won in more traditional fashion.
|Hope freshman Allie Wittenbach
shocked Wheaton in overtime.
Wheaton College photo
At first round host Wheaton, freshman Allie Wittenbach scored in the second overtime period to give the Dutch a 1-0 win over No. 4 Wheaton. After Wheaton led 35-14 in shots and had 10 corners to Hope's 3, Wittenbach took advantage of the momentum shift, sending home a cross from classmate Erin Brophy to win the match and move the Dutch to the second round.
Earlier in the season, the Thunder had defeated Hope 4-1, but the Dutch enjoyed a much better outcome in this second meeting. Wheaton has not lost a first round match since 1998, and ends their season at 18-2-2. Hope improves to 17-3-2 and will face No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Wheaton.
The Titans earned their second round berth via a 4-2 defeat of the University of Dubuque. Senior Tess Bottorff had two goals in the match, including the game winner in the 20th minute. With their second first round victory in two seasons, Illinois Wesleyan improves to 15-6-1, while Dubuque ends their season at 16-5-0.