Late Goal Spoils Steadfast Defensive Effort
Oct. 6, 2012
CHICAGO - For the second day in a row, DePaul lost a tough one on a late goal at Wish Field.
After battling BIG EAST Conference opponent Villanova dead-even for 78 minutes on Saturday, the visiting team scored the game-winner in the 79th minute for a 1-0 victory.
Just 24 hours earlier, the Blue Demon women's soccer team had lost 1-0 in overtime to Rutgers.
On Saturday, Villanova's Hayden Harr took a pass from Sean Sheridan just inside the box and hit a laser shot to the lower far post for his second goal of the season.
It took that kind of remarkable shot to beat DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby, who made three terrific saves on would-be goals.
"Sorby was outstanding again," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer as his goalkeeper followed up a stellar 13-save performance in last Wednesday's loss at Louisville. "He is playing very well and has been a leader for our team all season long."
Backed up by the sturdy backline of Jared Blincow, Art Garza, Kyle Gustafson and Ben Lussier, DePaul handled all but one of Villanova's 11 shots and limited the Wildcats' dangerous opportunities. Villanova improved to 8-2-2 overall and 1-0-2 in the BIG EAST.
"Lussier has played well for us and is a nice complement to Blincow, Gustafson and Garza," Blazer said. "That group did well together."
Garza almost gave DePaul (3-8-1, 0-4-0) an early lead in the first half. His rocket of a shot headed into the upper 90 was punched away at the last moment by Villanova goalkeeper John Fogarty.
"Their goalkeeper made a very good save on that shot," Blazer said. "We continue to play well defensively, had some good possessions and goal-scoring opportunities.
"We just didn't put them away."
Blazer was pleased with the continued improvement of midfielder Ray De Leon who is coming back from an injury.
"Ray did well tracking back, winning balls and making plays," Blazer said. "Now, we're looking for him to take the next step and be more of an offensive threat."
That could happen as early as Tuesday when the Blue Demons take on Valparaiso in a 3 p.m. match at Wish Field.
NOTES: De Leon, Antonio Aguilar and Gustafson each had two shots with one on goal... Garza and Brian Schultz each had a shot on goal... Sorby made five saves and DePaul had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks... Villanova outshot DePaul 11-10 and had a 6-5 edge in corner kicks... Blincow, Garza and De Leon each played 90 minutes... there were three red cards and three yellow cards handed out in Saturday's match.