Blincow's First Career Goal Saves the Day
Oct. 9, 2012
CHICAGO - Jared Blincow came to the rescue for the DePaul men's soccer team on Tuesday with his first career goal.
In the 75th minute, Blincow received a rebound off of Valparaiso goalkeeper Kyle Zopeck inside the box and scored the tying goal in the Blue Demons' 1-1, double-overtime deadlock at Wish Field.
"I'm always looking to score," Blincow said. "The ball dropped at my feet and it was the right place and right time, and I was able to put it into the net."
DePaul coach Blazer added: "Jared Blincow has been playing outstanding all year long. He gives such an honest effort."
Charles Barden, a Crusader midfielder, opened the scoring from 25 yards out in the second half. His first goal of the season gave Valparaiso the lead in the 65th minute of the match.
"We're disappointed we gave up the goal," Blazer said "It was from our lack of pressure on the ball."
After the pair of 10-minute overtime periods, DePaul walked off the field with a 3-8-2 overall record while Valparaiso is now 1-6-4. DePaul had the lone shot on goal in the two overtimes.
Despite the draw, both teams had several chances right at the beginning. Valparaiso totaled six shots by halftime including a shot on frame by Crusader midfielder Zev Taublieb. DePaul totaled four shots in the first half with Antonio Aguilar and Brian Schultz each firing a shot on goal.
"From the season that we're having, we were encouraged with the first half-zeroes," Blazer said.
Blazer noted that "Michael Kozielek did a very good job of putting the initial shot on the goalkeeper."
Even though the Blue Demons were disappointed they weren't able to record a win, Blazer said: "We're encouraged with the fact that we did get the tying goal, and we feel like we're heading in the right direction."
DePaul men's soccer continues its season at 7 p.m. Friday with a BIG EAST Conference match at Rutgers.