Blue Demons Hand Wildcats First Loss
Sept. 26, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. – Two second-half goals by senior Antonio Aguilar and a strong defensive effort lifted the DePaul men’s soccer team to its first shutout of the season—a 2-0 victory over cross-town Northwestern on Wednesday night in Evanston. The Blue Demons handed the Wildcats their first loss of 2012.
In the opening frame, the Blue Demons (3-5-1) and Wildcats (6-1-2) were nearly even.
“We played a very good first half and gave ourselves a chance to win,” DePaul head coach Craig Blazer said following the match. “Having a positive first half coming off a disappointing loss on Saturday carried a lot of weight.”
In the first 45 minutes, the Blue Demons allowed just three shots—one on goal—to the previously undefeated Wildcats.
“We defended well. We were emotionally engaged,” Blazer continued. “We had good possession and good scoring opportunities.”
It was in the second half, however, that the Blue Demons made their mark on the contest. After DePaul peppered the Northwestern defense with shots, it was Aguilar who came up big.
With the NU goalkeeper out of position in the 65th minute, Aguilar blasted a shot from 12 yards out to give the Blue Demons the 1-0 edge.
Just a few minutes later, junior Ray De Leon delivered a shot on goal but Northwestern’s Tyler Miller fought it off.
In the 76th minute, the Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Aguilar struck again.
This time, Aguilar took a shot from around 10 yards out to the opposite post to give DePaul the insurance goal it was looking for.
“Tony [Aguilar] and Ray had a huge impact on the game,” Blazer said. “Tony’s two goals were great individual efforts but the collective effort by the entire time was something we’ve looked for all year and tonight we got it.”
“It was the most complete game we’ve had and against a very good Northwestern team.”
Blazer and his squad hope that effort carries over into the Blue Demons’ upcoming BIG EAST Conference matchup.
“Our goal is to take this momentum into Saturday’s game against St. John’s.”
Notes: The loss was Northwestern’s first in a regular season match since September 28 of last season, when it fell 4-0 to DePaul at Wish Field…NU had been 13-0-4 since its loss to DPU last season…DePaul completed the Chicagoland trifecta, defeating UIC, Loyola, and Northwestern...Aguilar has posted two two-goal matches this season…seven Blue Demons played all 90 minutes.