DePaul Upends Loyola in Red Line Rivalry Match
Sept. 11, 2012
CHICAGO – You don’t get many second chances in life, and on Tuesday, Brian Schultz made the most of his instant replay.
After a back-heel kick in front of the Loyola Chicago net was deflected by goalkeeper Peter McKeown, Schultz knocked in the rebound to give DePaul a 2-1 victory over its intra-city rival at Wish Field.
“It was all a blur,” Schultz said about his first goal of the season that came in the 81st minute. “David Selvaggi’s corner kick was headed by Jalen Harvey and saved by their keeper. I tried to flick it on, but the goalie stopped it. Then I just poked it into the net.
“It means the world to get this win after losing to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville last week. It was great to come home and win.”
The match started out on the wrong foot when the Blue Demons were whistled for a foul in the penalty box in the 40th minute.
Loyola’s James Howe struck a poised shot into the middle of the net with goalkeeper Eric Sorby diving to his left.
DePaul (2-3-0) retaliated with a penalty kick of its own early in the second half. Antonio Aguilar was knocked down in the box, and the DePaul senior fired his PK into the lower left of the net in the 54th minute.
That set the stage for Schultz’s game-winner.
“It was getting chippy and physical out there,” Schultz said. “When one of Loyola’s players went down, coach (Craig Blazer) brought us together. He told us not to lose our composure and to connect on our possessions.
“And then, about five minutes later, we scored. It could’ve been anybody. Jared Blincow was right next to me. I happened to get the opportunity.”
This victory followed up an earlier triumph over Illinois-Chicago.
“One of our goals is to be the best college soccer team in the Chicago area,” Schultz said. “We’ve beaten UIC and Loyola (0-4-0) and have Northwestern left.”
The only ball to get past Sorby was the penalty kick as the Blue Demon junior turned back seven Loyola shots.
“It’s great to have Sorby back in form,” said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. “He was one of the main men of the match today.”
DePaul returns to the pitch on Friday for a road match against Big Ten program Ohio State.