Blue Demons Battle to a 3-1 Victory Over Illinois-Chicago
Sep 6, 2013
CHICAGO - This is the kind of character and resilience coaches love to see.
DePaul came out battling on Friday night and came back to Lincoln Park with a 3-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago at Flames Field.
It took less than three minutes for the Blue Demons to light up the scoreboard as Jalen Harvey knocked in his first goal of the season.
It was almost a statement goal considering DePaul went toe-to-toe for 109 minutes and 50 seconds with then-No. 19/22 Northwestern on Monday before falling 1-0 just 10 seconds before the conclusion of double overtime.
Harvey sized up a textbook cross from Simon Megally and headed the ball into the UIC net from five yards out. The Flames' Kyle Lindberg tied the match 1-1 in the 20th minute, and that's how the score remained at halftime.
"It was important that we got to halftime tied at 1-1," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "That allowed us to regroup, and we came out strong in the second half. We also had more composure defensively."
In the 61st minute, Joe Brinckwirth scored his first goal of the season in what proved to be the game-winner.
"Give Erik Rodriguez credit for holding up the play and maintaining pressure at the top of the box," Blazer said. "Brinckwirth ran into the ball that Erik had fought for and Joe put it away. We had clinical finishing all night."
In the 73rd minute, freshman Pat Flynn tallied an insurance goal with his second score of 2013. Anthony Hunter was credited with the assist. Hunter slotted a ball across the six and Flynn redirected it into the back of the Flames' net. That clinched DePaul's first win of the season.
"Our goals were outstanding," Blazer said. "All the pattern work we do in training was paying off. One big key to the game was getting off to a fast start. Another was the outstanding play by our goalkeeper Eric Sorby.
"We played better defensively in the second half and created some very good scoring opportunities."
The Blue Demons (1-2-0) return to the pitch for a 2:30 p.m. match on Sunday at Wisconsin.
NOTES: This was a tough and physical match with 36 fouls, 10 yellow cards and one red card... Sorby made seven saves while all three of DePaul's shots on goal found the back of the Flames' net... UIC outshot DePaul 15-6 and had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks... Sorby, Harvey, Koray Yesilli, Kyle Gustafson and Jared Blincow all played the entire 90 minutes.