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Ganancio Doubles His Pleasure in Season Opener
Thiago Ganancio scored both goals in DePaul's season-opening 2-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Friday.

Thiago Ganancio scored both goals in DePaul's season-opening 2-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Friday.

Aug. 24, 2012

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CHICAGO - Thiago Ganancio's eyes opened wide when he saw his opportunity for the game-winning goal.

"This is mine---I'm taking it," Ganancio said of his score in the 87th minute that gave DePaul a 2-1 season-opening victory over Illinois-Chicago Friday at Wish Field.

"Zach Forbes has been playing great and he gave it a flick," Ganancio continued. "Their defender tried to kick it back to the goalkeeper and hit it too soft.

"This is for the game," Ganancio said he thought to himself. "He put it on a platter for me."

Ganancio scored the first goal of the season in the 63rd minute after an assist from David Selvaggi. Kyle Gustafson set up the play with a long ball up the field.

"Selvaggi set me up with a perfect through ball," Ganancio said. "All I had to do was tuck it away. I placed it in the side of the net."

UIC tied the match 1-1 in the 71st minute when Zach Kaleta scored off Ivan Stanisavljevic's corner kick.

"This is a great feeling, especially beating our rival," Ganancio said. "It's always a hard game against UIC.

"We got a chance to show everyone that we can be the best college soccer team in the Chicago area."

The Blue Demons put on the pressure early in the first half with Antonio Aguilar getting an opportunity in the 15th minute from 20 yards out in the middle of the field.

But UIC goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski came up with the save. UIC had a free kick from just outside the box in the 23rd minute that sailed over the Blue Demon net.

The Flames outshot the home team 13-8 while DePaul had 18 fouls to 12 for UIC. Ganancio led the Blue Demons with three shots and two on goal. Aguilar had two shots with one on goal.