DePaul Comes Up Short on the Only Number That Matters
Aug. 29, 2012
CHICAGO - There was only one place where DePaul did not dominate Western Illinois on Wednesday at Wish Field.
Unfortunately, that one place was the scoreboard where the Blue Demons fell short 2-1.
DePaul (1-1-0) outshot the Leathernecks 21-6 and had 11 corner kicks to just one for the visiting team. Western Illinois turned away eight shots while the Blue Demons had two saves.
"It was disappointing," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "We had some good opportunities and actually played better today than last week's win over Illinois-Chicago.
"We made some major improvements in the back and Western Illinois wasn't threatening. Statistically, we did as well as we could."
Western Illinois (1-2-0) scored 65 seconds into the match when an Austin Gochneaur shot hit the crossbar and bounced into the net.
But freshman Brian Hindle had an answer for that. Just five seconds after replacing Brian Schultz, Hindle tied the match up in the 29th minute with a deflection off his thigh for his first collegiate goal.
"It felt amazing. Once I hit it, I knew the defender couldn't get to it and the shot was going in. I just wish we could've been successful and got the result."
Gochneaur's second goal was the difference-maker in the 69th minute on a rebound shot.
The Blue Demons had two excellent chances in the second half to notch the tying goal. Austin Toth missed wide on a good look from 13 yards out and Antonio Aguilar was just wide on an attempt from 18 yards away.
"They had two of our best looks," Blazer said. "It's unfortunate they both missed the frame.
"Our team has a year of experience since last season and is mentally tougher. I like where we're at right now. We did a number of things well today.
"The next important thing is continue to play well and get the result on Saturday."
The Blue Demons face Western Michigan at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wish Field.
NOTES: The physical match against Western Illinois resulted in a total of 42 fouls being called---22 on DePaul... there were also 10 yellow cards handed out, six to WIU and four to DePaul... Forbes had a career-high six shots with three shots on goal to lead DePaul... Hindle took three shots with two on frame while Aguilar had three shots with one on goal... Thiago Ganancio took three shots... both of Selvaggi's shots were on frame and Jared Blincow had two shots with one on goal... Toth and Michael Kozielek each took one shot... Art Garza, Aguilar, Blincow, Toth and Kozielek each played the entire 90 minutes.