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DePaul Has Tough Day in BIG EAST Loss to Xavier
Simon Megally led the Blue Demons with five shots and two shots on goal on Wednesday.


Simon Megally led the Blue Demons with five shots and two shots on goal on Wednesday.

Oct. 9, 2013

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CHICAGO - It just wasn't DePaul's day on Wednesday at Wish Field.

Xavier's offensive outburst resulted in a 3-0 Blue Demon BIG EAST Conference loss on Field Trip Day.

Despite outshooting the visiting team 20-17, DePaul (4-6-2, 1-2-1 in the BIG EAST)) could not match the accuracy of the Musketeers.

"We played well in certain areas and generated some good scoring opportunities," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "We just weren't able to find the back of the net."

Xavier (5-5-2, 1-2-0) got on the scoreboard in the 17th minute when Jalen Brown rebounded his own shot and sent it into the center of the DePaul net from close range.

Both teams battled to a virtual standstill until the 77th minute when Calum Latham scored on a header into the lower left after assists from Tanner Petrick and Gino De Paoli.

Matt Walker tacked on another insurance goal in the 81st minute from eight yards out.

It was the first time the Blue Demons have given up three goals in a match since a 3-2 overtime loss Sept. 8 at Wisconsin.

"Our guys are learning what the BIG EAST is all about," Blazer said. "We made some mistakes and Xavier scored on those chances.

"We come right back here in three days with an opportunity to play a talented Providence team. This is the exciting challenge of competing in the BIG EAST.

"Our players and coaches will learn from our mistakes, move forward and put together a solid game plan for Providence."

That conference match is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Wish Field, and Providence is ranked No. 25/23.

NOTES: Although DePaul outshot Xavier by three, the Musketeers had a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal... the Blue Demons came away with a 5-0 edge in corner kicks... DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby, who came into the match No. 5 in the nation in total saves, made six stops on Wednesday... Simon Megally led the Blue Demons with five shots and two shots on goal... Erik Rodriguez had three shots with one on frame... Jake Rawlings fired three shots... Anthony Hunter had two shots with one on goal... Brandon Loncar had a shot on goal.