Blue Demons Stumble on a Stormy Night
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The lightning and rain was a prelude to the soccer storm DePaul would run into on Friday night.
After inclement weather delayed the match with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville nearly three hours, the home team came away with a 3-0 victory over the Blue Demons.
SIUE (4-1-0) is off to a fast start and received votes in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 Poll. The Cougars' only loss was by one goal to No. 6 Akron which won the national championship two years ago.
"The final score was not indicative of the game," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "We played a really competitive first half and gave up one goal on a rebound. We created some chances in the first half that didn't end up as goals."
Aaron Lantz's first goal of the season in the 38th minute from 25 yards to the right side of the net provided a 1-0 halftime lead. Benny Jeffery and Peter Kelly were each credited with an assist.
The Cougars erupted for a pair of goals within a 13-minute span in the second half.
First came Kevin Stoll's second score of the season in the 47th minute from 16 yards out after splitting a pair of Blue Demon defenders. Jared Tejada picked up the assist.
In the 60th minute, Christian Volesky chipped the ball just inside the left post for his third goal of the season with Ryan Bauer setting him up.
"In the second half we got caught sleeping," Blazer said. "This is a good team that can beat you when they get opportunities.
"The mistake we made was not putting pressure on them in the midfield in the second half. Our fighting spirit was definitely there, but their goalkeeper (John Berner) came up with some good saves."
SIUE launched seven shots on goal in the second half and forced DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby to make three saves during a four-minute span. The Cougars outshot DePaul 13-6 including 10-2 in the second half. They held a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal.
DePaul (1-3-0) returns to Wish Field on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. rivalry match against Loyola Chicago.