Blue Demons "Double Crossed" by No. 11/11 USF
Oct. 12, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - Whether or not No. 11/11 USF took notice of DePaul's recent surge, there was no taking the Blue Demons lightly on Wednesday night.
Based on the stat sheet, DePaul held its own in a 2-0 BIG EAST Conference loss to the Bulls at their new Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Certainly, the Blue Demons fell behind 2-0 by halftime as Wesley Charpie and Dom Dwyer scored on a pair of headers. Charpie's came in the 23rd minute while Dwyer scored his BIG EAST-leading 11th goal in the 29th minute.
But DePaul (4-7-2, 1-2-1 in the BIG EAST) never wavered and almost matched USF shot for shot. The final box score shows USF taking 11 shots to DePaul's eight. It also shows USF putting six shots on frame to four by the Blue Demons.
"Statistically, except for the two goals, it was pretty even," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "Two crosses, two headers, two goals---that was the difference tonight.
"There's a reason USF (8-2-2, 3-0-1) is the No. 11 team in the country.
"Except for the goals, we did well. We had our chances, and their goalkeeper (Chris Blais) made the saves."
USF opened the second half with three consecutive shots---two that were saved by Blue Demon goalkeeper Eric Sorby, who wound up with four saves.
The Blue Demons are now 3-2-1 over their last six games and look to get back on the winning track in Saturday's 1 p.m. match against Rutgers at Wish Field.
NOTES: Selvaggi and Hunter each had two shots... Antonio Aguilar, Matt Leinauer, Thiago Ganancio and Michael Stankiewicz each had one shot and they were all on goal... Sorby, Aguilar and Austin Toth were the only Blue Demons who played the entire 90 minutes... Selvaggi and Leinauer were on the field for 84 minutes... Sorby made four saves and has 34 saves over his last six games... Sorby has a 4-2-1 goalkeeping record... Aguilar leads the team with six goals, four assists and 16 points... Selvaggi is next with five goals for 10 points... Ganancio has three goals and two assists for eight points... Aguilar tops the team in shots with 44 and shots on goal with 24... Selvaggi has taken36 shots with 20 on goal... Ganancio has 18 shots and Zach Forbes 16 shots, and both have eight shots on goal.