Blue Demons Shot Down at Western Illinois
Sept. 17, 2011
MACOMB, Ill. - Nothing went right for DePaul on Saturday.
The Blue Demons gave up two goals in each half of a 4-0 loss to Western Illinois in a match where both the offense and defense could not get untracked.
"This was not a good day," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "We played a good, hard-working team and did not match their energy level.
"We did not play DePaul soccer and are completely embarrassed by our performance.
Nathan Bruinsma opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after assists from Alexis Dominquez and Husref Jupic.
Just two minutes before halftime, the Leathernecks struck again. This time, Kooten Johnson found the back of the net after being set up by Charlie Bales' free kick.
Jupic made it 3-0 with a shot from five yards out in the 78th minute as Bales got his second assist and Mariano Leo his first.
Three minutes later, Aaron Appel scored his first goal of the season from 10 yards away as Dominquez picked up his second assist.
After the progress the Blue Demons had made in the last week, battling No. 4/3 Creighton for two overtimes before falling 1-0 and a 1-1 tie with Loyola Chicago, Blazer was disappointed by Saturday's effort.
"There was a lack of competitiveness," Blazer said. "We've got to take a hard look at ourselves and figure out a way to move forward.
"We'll take responsibility, be accountable and get it right."
The Blue Demons look to bounce back with a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday at Drake.
NOTES: DePaul was outshot 19-10 by Western Illinois and had three shots on goal to 10 for the Leathernecks... the Blue Demons did have nine corner kicks while WIU had five... Thiago Ganancio fired three shots for DePaul with one on goal... Antonio Aguilar had one shot that was on goal... Michael Stankiewicz also had one shot that was on frame... Matt Leinauer and David Selvaggi had one shot apiece... Eric Sorby took over as goalkeeper in the second half for DePaul... the Blue Demons are 1-4-1 on the season... Aguilar leads the team with three goals and one assist... Ganancio has one goal and one assist and Selvaggi has one goal... Aguilar leads the team with 18 shots and 10 on goal... Selvaggi has taken 13 shots with five on goal... Ganancio has 10 shots with three on goal and Stankiewicz has eight shots with three on goal.