Louisville Offense Too Much for DePaul
Oct. 3, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two first-half goals and a late own goal sent the DePaul men’s soccer team to its third BIG EAST Conference loss of the season on Wednesday night at Louisville. Despite a career-best 13 saves from Eric Sorby, the Blue Demons fell 3-0 to the host Cardinals to move their record to 3-8-1 on the year and 0-3 in league play.
In the opening frame, it was Louisville who came out attacking and the team’s early efforts paid off in the 19th minute. Dylan Mares took off on a one-on-two breakaway and broke through the defense before beating goalkeeper Sorby to give the Cardinals the 1-0 advantage.
Just under five minutes later, Will Vitalis took off on the counter-attack and thanks to assists from Ryan Smith and Paolo Delpiccolo, he converted to make it 2-0 in favor of Louisville.
Sorby made two more saves in the first 90 for the Blue Demons to keep it within two, but the Cardinal offense held much of the half’s possession. The junior goalkeeper made four saves in the frame while the Blue Demons managed just one shot—a shot on goal by defender Austin Toth.
In the second half, Sorby was tested early once again, making three impressive saves in the first 10 minutes. The 69th minute saw the Cardinals continue to be the aggressors as they notched a shot that hit the post before Sorby made yet another save.
In the 74th minute, Sorby continued to hold the game in check as he made back-to-back saves—his ninth and 10th of the match.
Sorby notched two more saves in the match, in the 80th and 83rd minutes, but after a Blue Demon was whistled for a foul, DePaul committed an own goal that gave Louisville the 3-0 lead.
Despite Sorby’s career-high 13 saves, the DePaul offense could not provide the necessary offense to overtake the once-ranked Cardinals.
The Blue Demons have a chance for a quick turnaround this week, however, as they welcome Villanova to Wish Field for a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday.