Early Deficit Too Much for DePaul Against #14/10 Marquette
Sept. 22, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - A first half scoring outburst by No. 14/10 Marquette proved too much for the DePaul men's soccer team to overcome on Saturday night as the Blue Demons dropped their BIG EAST Conference opener, 5-0, on the road.
DePaul (2-5-1, 0-1-0 BIG EAST) fell behind in the first minute to nationally-ranked Marquette as the Golden Eagles' Anthony Selvaggi--brother of Blue Demon sophomore, David Selvaggi--took a cross from the far post and slotted it past DPU's Eric Sorby to open the match.
Down 1-0, DePaul junior captain Ray De Leon got off two goal-bound shots against Marquette but the Golden Eagles turned away his efforts to hold onto their lead. Moments later, MU was awarded a corner kick opportunity. Off the service, John Pothast headed it down into the back of the net to increase Marquette's lead to 2-0.
In the 22nd minute, Adam Lysack added another header goal for Marquette on a dive, putting DePaul down three goals to none.
The 34th minute, however, put the game out of reach. Sebastian Jansson followed the lead of the previous two goal-scorers and tallied a header goal of his own to make it 4-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles. Just over 40 seconds later, Kelmend Islami took a pass off the boot of Andy Huftalin at the right corner of the box and chipped it just over Sorby's range.
Following halftime, the Blue Demons were the only squad to manage any shots on goal in the contest, but Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon fended off each of the three DePaul attempts.
Following its first BIG EAST loss of the season, the DePaul men's soccer team looks to rebound this week. First, DePaul heads to Northwestern on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup. Having already amassed wins over UIC and Loyola this season, the Blue Demons hope to complete their goal of becoming the top college soccer team in Chicagoland.
Saturday, September 29, will mark DePaul's first chance at BIG EAST redemption when it welcomes St. John's to Wish Field for a 1 p.m. matchup.
Notes: De Leon posted a game-high three shots...De Leon, Brian Hindle, and Thiago Ganancio were responsible for DePaul's shots on goal...the five-goal deficit is the largest for the Blue Demons this season...the five goals is also the most DePaul has allowed to an opponent since September 23, 2010 at West Viriginia...five yellow cards were issued in the match, four to the Golden Eagles and one to DePaul's Mauricio Velasco...defender Jared Blincow played all 90 minutes for the Blue Demons.