Blue Demons Close Out Preseason With a Win
Aug. 20, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – In its third and final preseason contest, the DePaul men’s soccer team brought a 1-0 victory over Milwaukee back to Lincoln Park thanks to second half goal by sophomore Curtis Weir.
Milwaukee opened the contest with the edge, registering three shots before taking their first of four yellow cards in the 16th minute. The foul set up a chance for Antonio Aguilar and Michael Stankiewicz, whose efforts were high and saved, respectively.
The 26th minute yielded the Panthers’ best scoring chance, but DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby made a save on a Zach Stevenson shot to preserve the shutout, sending the squads into halftime locked in a scoreless tie.
As the second half began and with Joseph Hart taking over in the net for DePaul, Milwaukee came out aggressively once again as Stevenson hit the crossbar just three minutes in. Despite a couple of chances for the Panthers, it was DePaul that broke through the deadlock.
In the 59th minute, Weir, who did not register any points in 13 games as a freshman, was sent to take the corner for the Blue Demons. Bypassing his teammates, Weir got the job done himself as he bent the corner kick into the back of the net to put DePaul up 1-0.
For the remainder of the match, the Blue Demons’ defense stepped up, holding the Panthers to just one shot over the final 30-plus minutes.
The win—DePaul’s first in exhibition play—moved the Blue Demons’ preseason record to 1-1-1. With the exhibitions now concluded, DePaul is set to open up the regular season at home on Friday when it welcomes crosstown rival UIC to Wish Field at 1 p.m.