It's a Happier Ending for the Blue Demons on Tuesday Night
Sept. 17, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa. - DePaul played in its fourth overtime in six matches this season on Tuesday night, and this time the ending was more to the Blue Demons' liking.
Behind another sensational performance from goalkeeper Eric Sorby, DePaul tied Drake 0-0 in double overtime.
Sorby, who came into the match No. 8 in the nation in saves, will likely be moving up after turning away 11 shots on goal by the Bulldogs. There was a seven-minute stretch in the second half when Sorby made five saves.
Drake's Nick Marshall finished the game with three shots at the net---none of which could get past the Blue Demon senior. Sorby now has 22 saves in his last two games and 42 on the season.
"Sorby was outstanding and was the `Man of the Match' once again for us," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "He followed up a spectacular performance last Saturday with another great game.
"He played so well again, but we have to do a little more work ahead of him. We don't want to rely on Sorby heroics for 110 minutes."
"We gave ourselves some scoring opportunities including a couple really good looks early in the game," Blazer said. "The guys put together a great team effort to get the result and showed we are improving."
After coming up empty in their first three overtime matches, Tuesday night was different.
"There was maturity and composure out on the field during the end of regulation time and throughout the overtimes," Blazer said. "We continued to defend and stayed consistent on both sides of the ball."
DePaul (1-4-1) returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at Wish Field.
NOTES: Brinckwirth and Anthony Hunter led the Blue Demons with three shots with one of Brinckwirth's shots on target... both of Forbes' shots were on frame... Gustafson and Michael Stankiewicz each took one shot... Drake (1-3-2) outshot DePaul 25-10 and had an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal... the Bulldogs came away with an 11-5 edge in corner kicks... Koray Yesilli, Jalen Harvey, Jake Douglas and Jared Blincow each played the entire 110 minutes... Erik Rodriguez was on the field for 100 minutes and Hunter 93 minutes.