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Sturtz's first half tally is enough for Ohio Wesleyan to take its first national championship 1-0 over Amherst.

DELAWARE, Ohio (Saturday, November 17, 2001) -- Senior striker Katy Sturtz scored late in the first half and that was enough to power Ohio Wesleyan to its first NCAA Division III women's championship 1-0 over visiting Amherst (Mass.) this afternoon at Roy Rike Field.

Freshman defender Deborah Lochner sent a cross from the left flank that Sturtz trapped it with her chest at the top of the penalty area. Continuing toward the right side of the box, she turned and fired a shot that Amherst keeper Brooke Diamond could only watch sail into the top left corner of the goal for the 1-0 advantage with 37:15 elapsed. .

"It felt right and it went in," Sturtz said. "I feel great -- we've worked four years for this. My dream finally came true. I'm just proud of the team -- I couldn't do it without them."

"That was a world-class goal, one of the best goals I've seen," said Ohio Wesleyan coach Bob Barnes. "She turns, hits it upper corner. The goalkeeper didn't have a chance."

Ohio Wesleyan (22-1), the North Coast Athletic Conference champion, controlled play for most of the first half, but had trouble putting its shots on targets, forcing Diamond to make only two saves despite an 11-8 edge in shots.

The Bishops’ goal was the first allowed in the first half by Amherst in its last eight games and marked only the second time in the last 15 games that the Lord Jeffs trailed in the first half.

Looking for the tying goal, the Lord Jeffs started speedy striker Lee-Jay Henry in the second half and the move nearly paid off instantly. Henry took a run into the box in the second minute after intermission, but her shot was blocked by keeper Amy Work and caromed off Henry and over the end line.

The best chances for Amherst (16-5-1) came in the 75th minute when it twice saw shots bang off the goal frame Midfielder Jenny Rossman sent a coner kick into the box for midfielder Cathy Poor whose header hit the crossbar. After that ball was clearred, Rossman centered it from the left end line to Poor who again clanged the crossbar with a left-footed shot.

"(The game) wasn't lost on a mistake," said Amherst coach Michelle Morgan. "You don't want to lose a national championship on a mistake, you want them to earn it. (Ohio Wesleyan) definitely earned it."

Yesterday, Ohop Wesleyan needed sophomore midfielder Liz Sheehan’s tally 5:13 into the first overtime period for a 2-1 semifinal win over Willamette (Ore.). Senior defender Katie Buchert scored off a corner kick to give the Bishops a 1-0 lead with 27:25 remaining in regulation.

Anne Merten’s header off a corner tied it for Willamette at 1-1 five minutes later.

Poor scored with 17:43 left to lift Amherst over Wheaton in yesterday’s other semifinal.

Poor was named the "Most Outstanding Player" of the Final Four.

NCAA Division III Women’s Tournament Results

Championship

Saturday, November 17

at Roy Rike Field in Delaware, Ohio
Ohio Wesleyan 1, Amherst 0

Semifinals

Friday, November 16

at Roy Rike Field in Delaware, Ohio
Ohio Wesleyan 2, Willamette 1 (OT)
Amherst 1, Wheaton (Ill.) 0

Quarterfinals

Sunday, November 11
Ohio Wesleyan 1, College of New Jersey 0
Willamette 2, Lynchburg 0

Saturday, November 10
Amherst 1, William Smith 0
Wheaton (Ill.) 1, Scranton 0

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