Rutgers Edges DePaul, 2-1, on Friday Night
Oct. 12, 2012
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Despite a second-half goal from Jared Blincow—his second in as many matches—the DePaul men’s soccer team could not overcome an early deficit as it fell 2-1 to Rutgers on Friday night in New Jersey.
Not long after the opening whistle sounded, the Scarlet Knights (6-5-1, 2-2-1) found the back of the Blue Demon net. Just 29 seconds into the first frame, Rutgers’ Kene Oziz took a pass from Mael Corboz and chipped it past DePaul’s Eric Sorby for the first goal of the match.
Oziz quickly added two more shots before senior Antonio Aguilar registered the Blue Demons’ first. When DePaul (3-9-2, 0-5 BIG EAST) was called for a foul in its own end, the Scarlet Knights got another opportunity to score.
Corboz once again generated the scoring chance for Rutgers as he lined up for the free kick. Off the service, RU’s Olisa Eze—brother of Kene—cut into the box and headed it home to make it 2-0 in favor of Rutgers.
In the waning minutes of the opening period, Aguilar tallied DePaul’s first shot on goal, but Rutgers’ keeper Kevin McMullen denied Aguilar to preserve the 2-0 advantage for the Scarlet Knights.
Much like how he ended the first half, Aguilar opened the second. He fired again at McMullen, but the keeper once again turned him aside.
In the 48th minute, however, McMullen could not stop Blincow, the defender who has recently found his scoring touch.
Freshman David Selvaggi, who was booked with a yellow card earlier in the match, sent a feed to Blincow from six yards out. Blincow, just as he did on Tuesday afternoon, finished it with a low shot that the goalkeeper could not get a hand on, pulling the Blue Demons to back within one.
The goal was DePaul’s first in five BIG EAST Conference matches so far this season.
Despite a flurry of shots by DePaul after its initial goal, McMullen held strong in net for Rutgers, turning away five Blue Demon shots to preserve the win for the Scarlet Knights.
The Blue Demons have a quick turnaround before their next BIG EAST match when they welcome Cincinnati to Wish Field for a 3 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Oct. 17. That Saturday, DePaul then heads to Syracuse for a 6:30 p.m. matchup against the Orange.
Notes: Aguilar led all players with a game-high six shots, four on goal…Drew Dempsey, Ray De Leon, and Michael Kozielek also registered a shot on goal each…It was Blincow’s second career goal…five Blue Demons played the full 90 minutes… Sorby finished with two saves…McMullen finished with seven.