DePaul's Own Goal Leads to Double-Overtime Tie
Sept. 19, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul was the only team to penetrate the net Wednesday in a nonconference match against Drake at Wish Field.
Unfortunately, an own goal resulted in a 1-1, double-overtime tie in a match dominated by the Blue Demons in the final box score.
DePaul (2-4-1) got off to a roaring start when Antonio Aguilar scored his second goal of the season on a singular effort in the fourth minute.
Aguilar took on a Drake defender, beat him one-on-one, and then patiently dribbled to his left before firing in a shot from 12 yards into the far lower right of the Bulldog net.
"Our coaches have been telling me to take on defenders with my quickness," Aguilar said. "I kept drifting in because I needed more space. When I saw an opening, I shot it."
In the 11th minute, a scramble in front of the DePaul net led to the own goal.
"The goal we gave up, we didn't do a good job of managing the game," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "Statistically, we dominated the game. That's why it is disappointing we didn't get the win.
"Their goalkeeper (Rich Gallagher) made two outstanding saves, but we had other goal-scoring opportunities. One of them hit the crossbar. There were three other times that instead of placing the shot, we blasted it high."
The crossbar shot came off Aguilar's foot near the end of regulation time.
"I shot it, and when I put my head up, I saw it hit the crossbar," Aguilar said. "It came right before the end of the game.
"We got a bad break on the own goal. But it was early in the game and I thought we'd score again with our attacking flow. We had chances but just couldn't connect."
The Blue Demons outshot Drake (1-6-2) by a 21-9 margin including 10-2 in the second half. DePaul put seven shots on frame while Blue Demon goalkeeper Eric Sorby only had to make one save. The home team also had a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Adding a significant spark to the DePaul attack was holding midfielder Ray De Leon, playing at Wish Field for the first time since last season when an injury limited him to four matches.
"Ray is a very good player and everybody can see that," Blazer said. "He makes us go. It's good to see him get more minutes and get some of his soccer fitness back."
De Leon's first game back was last Saturday against Ohio State.
"I feel blessed to be back," De Leon said. "When I found out over the summer I needed surgery, it wasn't a good feeling.
"The doctors here, the people at NovaCare and our trainers have put so much time and energy into getting me back on the field. Now, I try to keep my cool out there and let it permeate throughout the team."
De Leon fired four shots with one on goal in 65 minutes. Aguilar had seven shots with two on goal while playing the entire 110 minutes. Drew Dempsey battled his way to three shots with two on frame while David Selvaggi got off three shots with one on goal.
DePaul returns to the pitch on Saturday for its BIG EAST Conference opener, taking on Marquette in a 7:05 p.m. match in Milwaukee.