Blue Demons' Late Rally Falls Short in 2-1 Overtime Loss to Milwaukee
Sept. 13, 2013
CHICAGO - There is simply no quit in this DePaul men's soccer team, and the Blue Demons fought tooth-and-nail right to the end once again on Friday.
Anthony Hunter's goal in the 89th minute lifted the spirits of an entire team and forced an overtime where Milwaukee came away with a 2-1 victory.
That DePaul even had a chance to find the equalizer was a testament to goalkeeper Eric Sorby who had one of his best performances as a Blue Demon.
Five times, Sorby came up with saves on point-blank shots from Panther shooters who were 1v1 with DePaul's fail-safe senior.
"You have to keep moving your feet and be ready for anything," said Sorby, who entered the match ranked No. 16 in the nation in saves and added 11 more to his total. "Our defense put Milwaukee's shooters at angles that made it easier to deal with.
"After making the first few saves, you become more confident. There were a lot of shots, but I tried to change the angles and make the goal look smaller for the shooter."
Milwaukee (3-0-1) took 26 shots with 13 on goal. Robbie Boyd got one past Sorby in the 37th minute with a bullet from the right wing about 15 yards out into the lower left.
Sorby proceeded to neutralize the Panther attack until the 100th minute when Andrew Stone redirected a corner kick from Luke Goodnetter into the far post from the six.
"Sorby was fantastic and kept us in the game," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "His outstanding play gave us an opportunity to tie it up.
"Hunter had a great goal, and Pat Flynn had a great opportunity."
Thiago Ganancio did a nice job of setting up his teammate, and Hunter finished from 25 yards into the lower left for his second goal of the season.
"That was a great shot to put us into overtime," Sorby said. "It felt like we had momentum on our side. We just need to start finishing off games."
DePaul (1-4-0) will look for that finishing touch on Tuesday when they travel to Drake for a 7 p.m. match.
NOTES: Milwaukee coach Kris Kelderman had a reunion with DePaul assistant coach Craig Reynolds on Friday... Kelderman was the first player Reynolds recruited to Virginia when he was a Cavaliers assistant coach... former Blue Demon Austin Toth had a reunion with his ex-teammates... Toth transferred to Milwaukee after playing three seasons in Lincoln Park... Milwaukee outshot DePaul 26-8 and had a 13-5 advantage in shots on goal... Hunter had three shots for the Blue Demons with two on goal... Flynn, Jalen Harvey and Cale Hartle each had a shot on goal.