DePaul Edged by Western Michigan in Saturday Thriller
Sept. 1, 2012
CHICAGO – In what was a strong defensive showing by both DePaul and Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon, a fluky second half goal was the difference, sending the Blue Demons to a 1-0 loss at Wish Field.
“You could see that Western is a very good team and they put a lot of pressure on us,” DePaul head coach Craig Blazer said following the match. “Within that, we had a good level of consistency and it was a very good game.”
The first half came to a close in a scoreless tie with defense highlighting the opening 45 minutes. Western Michigan took eight shots in the frame, compared to DePaul’s lone shot of the half by Jake Douglas in the opening minutes of the period.
“Offensively, we just didn’t create enough and we needed to do more,” Blazer continued. “That is the challenge for us.”
Western Michigan’s best chance to score in the first came in 28th minute when Jason Grant’s shot skimmed the cross bar with a shot from just inside the box at midfield. In the second, the ball stayed on the Bronco’s side of the field for the majority of the frame as WMU tallied five shots in the final 45 minutes.
With the action taking place on the south side of the field, DePaul’s defense stymied several Bronco shots but WMU’s Darren Jones broke open the scoreless game in 72nd minute. The Bronco captain took a powerful free kick toward the DePaul net and got Blue Demon goalkeeper Eric Sorby to misplay the ball and it dribbled into the goal.
“With the goal that they scored, it was more on us,” Blazer said. “We’re not faulting Eric (Sorby) in the sense that it was his fault for the game. We’re saying it was a collective team effort and we should have done more offensively with our chances.”
The Blue Demons upped their pressure in the waning minutes to no avail as Bronco goalkeeper Sean Lewis earned the shutout win.
DePaul returns to the field on Friday evening when it travels to SIU-Edwardsville for a 6 p.m. matchup against the Cougars.