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DePaul a Handful for No. 17 Georgetown
David Selvaggi had three shots on goal in Saturday's 2-0 loss at No. 17 Georgetown.

David Selvaggi had three shots on goal in Saturday's 2-0 loss at No. 17 Georgetown.

Oct. 1, 2011

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WASHINGTON - These Blue Demons put up quite a fight in our Nation's Capital on Saturday, but couldn't come up with the all-important equalizer.

Despite a second half flurry of shots on goal, DePaul was topped by No. 17 Georgetown 2-0 in BIG EAST Conference play.

DePaul (3-6-1, 1-1-0 in the BIG EAST) was chasing one goal for more than 80 minutes when the Hoyas added the insurance score with 38 seconds left.

"Although we're disappointed with the result, we took over the game in the second half," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "We dominated in possession, shots on goal and corner kicks.

"We were extremely pleased with the direction of the game. We just didn't get the goal."

Ian Christianson had put Georgetown (6-1-3, 2-0-0) ahead 1-0 with his fourth goal of the season in the 10th minute.

DePaul followed with scoring chances by Michael Stankiewicz and David Selvaggi that were turned away by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez who had a strong perfromance.

Just 45 seconds into the second half, Antonio Aguilar unleashed a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar.

"Tony is such a good header," Blazer said. "He did well to redirect the ball and had the Georgetown goalkeeper beat.

"He just couldn't beat the crossbar."

Over the next 10 minutes, Anthony Hunter, Selvaggi, Aguilar, Zach Forbes and Selvaggi again fired shots on frame that forced Gomez to make five saves.

Georgetown's lone response in that span was a shot that went wide.

Near the end as the Blue Demons went into a purely offensive mode looking for that tying goal, Tom Skelly rebounded his own shot for his first goal of the season at the 89:22 mark.

"We were pushing for the tying goal when they scored the last goal," Blazer said. "We were able to get through and get some free shots.

"Their goalkeeper had the biggest impact on the game. He made some quality saves."

The Hoyas had two other opportunities in the first half. Tyler Rudy hit the crossbar in the 16th minute and Uche Onyeador's shot in the 44th minute hit the post.

With the exception of the goal, DePaul battled Georgetown virtually even in the first half. Each team took five shots and had two shots on goal.

"This was our third good performance in a row," Blazer said, recounting a 2-1 victory over Seton Hall and a 4-0 win over Northwestern. "Georgetown is ranked No. 17 with an experienced back line.

"But we took it to them in the second half, and our overall body of work was good."

The Blue Demons face Green Bay in a nonconference match at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Wish Field.

Prior to that game, DePaul's Staff Council is celebrating Faculty & Staff Day with a tailgate party at 2:15 p.m. in the parking lot next to Cacciatore Stadium. Faculty and staff may reserve one complimentary ticket and one tailgate pass by calling the DePaul ticket office at 773-325-7526.

NOTES: DePaul had outscored its opponents 6-1 in the last two games heading into the matchup with Georgetown... the Blue Demons outshot Georgetown 16-11 and had seven shots on goal to four for the Hoyas... Selvaggi led the way with four shots and three on goal... Aguilar and Stankiewicz each took four shots with one on frame... Forbes' lone shot was right on goal... Thiago Ganancio and Matt Leinauer each took one shot... Austin Toth, Brian Lunar and Kyle Gustafson anchored the Blue Demon defense and each played the entire 90 minutes... Aguilar and Stankiewicz also never came off the field.