All the Blue Demons Needed Was One More Second
Sep 8, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - DePaul left it all on the McClimon Complex field Sunday, playing some magnificent, short-handed soccer for more than 29 minutes.
Just one second shy of a victory, the Blue Demons saw Wisconsin score the tying goal before going on to score again in overtime in a tough 3-2 DePaul loss.
There was every reason for each of the Blue Demons to hold their heads up high as they walked off the pitch.
Trailing 1-0 in the 16th minute after a goal by Anders Kristensen, DePaul came roaring back. In the 19th minute, Anthony Hunter found the back of the net for the first time this season off a ball slotted from the end line by Koray Yesilli.
In the 39th minute, Art Garza slotted a ball off a Badger defender into the net for his second score of the season and a 2-1 DePaul lead.
That has been a characteristic of this team in the early season. Each time the Blue Demons encounter adversity, they respond to the challenge.
They were protecting that one-goal lead when Yesilli was hit with a red card in the 61st minute. For the next 29:18, DePaul withstood a Wisconsin assault bolstered by a one-man advantage mandated by the red card.
In the second half, Wisconsin (2-0-1) outshot DePaul 13-2 and had a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.
And yet, no matter what the Badgers threw at them, the Blue Demons stubbornly resisted each attack.
But with one second left in the match, Tomislav Zadro finished a ball slotted from the end line to the back post and sent the match into overtime. In the 93rd minute, Jacob Brindle's headed a shot into the back post off an end-line serve.
"I'm proud of the way my guys responded to adversity in the second half," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "They are finding ways to deal with the challenges being thrown at us.
"They showed a tremendous amount of fight today, and these kids absolutely believe in themselves."
Blazer has noticed a difference in this year's team.
"We're disappointed in not getting the result," Blazer said. "But when these guys fall behind, they come fighting back.
"We're playing very effective soccer and scoring goals. Coaches, players---everyone in the program is encouraged by our performances.
"No doubt, today's game was another sign of the progress we're making."
DePaul (1-3-0) returns to action at 4 p.m. Friday in a match against Milwaukee at Wish Field.
NOTES: Wisconsin wound up with a 19-5 advantage in shots and had seven shots on goal to three for DePaul... the Badgers came away with an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks... Brinckwirth took three shots with two on frame... Hunter had two shots with one on goal... DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby made four saves... Sorby, Harvey, Kyle Gustafson and Art Garza played the entire match... Brinckwirth played 85 minutes and Jared Blincow 82 minutes.