Blue Demons Fire Away in 4-1 Victory Over Eastern Illinois
Sept. 25, 2013
CHICAGO - Jalen Harvey went up to the DePaul coaches in practice recently and asked if he could take the team's free kick. He might be the team's strongest kicker, but the accuracy is sometimes lacking.
Well, Harvey impressed the coaches in training and his rocket free kick in the 65th minute on Wednesday was the game-winner in a 4-1 triumph over Eastern Illinois at Wish Field.
But after the Panthers were whistled for a foul in the middle of the second half, Harvey stepped into his new role and blasted in the shot from 25 yards for his second goal of the season.
"I've been working extra on free kicks in practice because they weren't working out earlier in the season," Harvey said. "When I stepped up today, I noticed a tall player on the right side of their wall. If I could clear it past him, I had a good chance.
"It definitely lifted the team's spirits after they had gotten the equalizer. We reacted well after their goal and kept playing harder and harder."
Stankiewicz scored in the 74th minute on a shot from 22 yards on the right wing for his second goal in the last two matches. Capping off the offensive outburst was Brandon Loncar off an assist from Garza. It was Loncar's second goal of the seaspn and came against his former teammates after the junior midfielder transferred to DePaul from EIU.
"Taking shots is important," Harvey said. "Stankiewicz's goal gave us a cushion. As for Brandon's goal, I know it feels good for him. And, it was so important to get that goal by Arturo (Garza) to start off the game right."
The season-high in goals and a season-low in saves for goalkeeper Eric Sorby added up to a complete game for the Blue Demons with no need to go to Sorby for the save.
"Sorby and the back four played very well," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "If we defend well, the goals will come. If we're disciplined and make it difficult for our opponent, we have the talent to create transitions and scoring opportunities.
"I thought we started off the game well with that goal by Garza. Then, we responded really well after Eastern Illinois tied it."
Harvey can sense the Blue Demons are coming together during their current three-game unbeaten streak.
"We took some tough losses early in the season in games we should have won," Harvey said about three overtime setbacks. "Now, we're trying to say something to everybody about our team.
"We're trying to tell everybody in our conference that we're ready for the BIG EAST games."
DePaul will have a huge challenge on Saturday in its league opener, taking on No. 9/7 St. John's (5-2-0, 0-1-0) at 1 p.m. at Wish Field.
NOTES: DePaul has scored six goals in the last two matches, outscoring opponents 6-1... the Blue Demons outshot EIU 12-6 and had a 6-2 edge in shots on goal... Stankiewicz led DePaul with three shots on goal while Harvey took three shots with one on frame... Joe Brinckwirth had two shots while Loncar and Garza each had a shot on goal.... on the season, Stankiewicz, Harvey, Garza, Loncar, Brinckwirth and Anthony Hunter each have two goals.