DePaul Falls to No. 19/22 Northwestern in Final Seconds of Double OT
Sep 2, 2013
CHICAGO - For as well as they performed, and for all the excitement they brought to a Wish Field crowd of nearly 900, these DePaul Blue Demons deserved a better fate.
They played their hearts out, only to fall 1-0 to No. 19/22 Northwestern in the final 10 seconds of double overtime Monday on a beautiful Labor Day afternoon in Lincoln Park.
For nearly 110 minutes, Kyle Gustafson, Zach Forbes, Koray Yesilli, Jalen Harvey, Joe Brinckwirth, Simon Megally and their teammates went toe-to-toe with one of the nation's top soccer teams---and never blinked.
Goalkeeper Eric Sorby made six saves and one game-saving stop of a Wildcat advance late in the second OT.
All of that brilliant and inspired play came to an end in the 110th minute when Northwestern's Brandon Medina scored from close range after connecting passes from Lepe Seetane and Joey Calistri.
"The guys came through with a really great performance, and showing we can compete with the No. 19 team in the country means we are heading in the right direction," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "That's a very good, nationally ranked team out there, and I thought we gave them everything they could handle.
"Now, it's up to us to learn from this experience and keep improving."
The aggressive, hustling play of the Blue Demon defense headed by Gustafson kept a high-powered Northwestern attack in check. Just 10 more ticks of the clock and DePaul would've come away with a well-deserved tie.
"We really competed, and the guys played well," Blazer said. "We had a very good atmosphere and the stands filled. It was a good day for college soccer in Chicago."
DePaul will face another local rival on Friday when the Blue Demons face Illinois-Chicago for a 7 p.m. road match.
NOTES: DePaul was outshot by Northwestern 10-7, and the Wildcats had a 7-3 edge in shots on goal... Sorby made six saves while NU keeper Tyler Miller stopped three DePaul shots on frame... Forbes and Megally each took two shots while Yesilli, Flynn and Rodriguez had one shot apiece... the Blue Demons owned a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.