DePaul Falls 2-0 to #15/19 St. John's
Sept. 29, 2012
CHICAGO - Facing its third nationally-ranked opponent in as many matches, the DePaul men's soccer team came up short on Saturday afternoon at Wish Field, falling 2-0 to No. 15/19 St. John's in BIG EAST action.
Despite stellar goalkeeping for the Blue Demons' Eric Sorby, the DePaul offense could not muster much against a tough Red Storm squad.
Controlling the play for most of the opening frame, St. John's got on the board in the 18th minute. After four straight scoring opportunities for Andres Vargas, it was instead Nick Matthews who delivered the first blow.
Thanks to a long cross from Brandon Savino, Matthews had an opportunity one-on-one against Sorby and he made the most of it. Though Sorby got a piece of the shot, it managed to trickle into the net to give the Red Storm a 1-0 lead.
Later in the half, Savino was at it again. The midfielder flicked a pass to Vargas this time, who finished on a low shot from 20 yards out to put St. John's up 2-0.
That would be all the scoring in the match, however, as the Blue Demons came out as a different squad in the second half. In particular, Sorby was stalwart in net.
"It was definitely a game of two halves," DePaul head coach Craig Blazer said following the match. "We were poor in the first half."
On the second half, Blazer continued, "We did well to keep the ball out of the net. We did have a number of goal-scoring opportunities but we just didn't score."
It was in the second half that DePaul regained some of the possession and Sorby kept it close.
After making three saves in the first half, the junior goalkeeper made four extremely impressive saves ni the second.
"He was unbelievable in the second half," Blazer said about Sorby. "Eric in the second half was as good as he's ever played."
One of his seven saves came on a Red Storm penalty kick. After DePaul was whistled for a hand ball inside the box in the 86th minute, Sorby fought off a tough, hard shot from St. John's Daniel Herrera to keep it at 2-0.
The Blue Demons return to BIG EAST action on Wednesday as they head to Louisville to battle the Cardinals at 6 p.m. CT. After that match, DePaul comes back to Wish Field on Saturday for a match against Villanova at 1 p.m.