DePaul Falls 1-0 to No. 25/23 Providence in Double Overtime
Oct. 12, 2013
CHICAGO – They came out in the second half and first overtime like a different team, but in the end, these DePaul Blue Demons just couldn’t come up with a happy ending.
After battling No. 25/23 Providence to a virtual standstill and dominating play in the second half, DePaul fell 1-0 in double overtime Saturday at Wish Field.
Providence (8-2-2, 3-1-0 in the BIG EAST) won it on a cross from Julian Gressel to the far post where Manny Andrade’s header landed in the lower left of the net in the 107th minute.
“In the second half and first overtime, we were committed to keeping the zero for Providence,” said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. “Defensively, we drew some confidence from that.
“In the second half and first OT, we did a great job of getting behind their defense and creating some goal-scoring opportunities.”
Early in the second half, Thiago Ganancio hit a rocket of a shot from the right wing that ricocheted off the Providence crossbar. Later in the half, Anthony Hunter made a nice move in the middle of the field and unleashed a high, hard shot that Friars goalkeeper Keasel Broome deflected at the last moment.
“Our guys played really well against a nationally ranked team,” Blazer said. “Give Providence credit for having the ball in our half in the second overtime. We’ve been in six overtime games, so we’ve been here before.
“At halftime, we encouraged the guys to keep moving forward, and they responded well. We’ll continue to concentrate on playing good defense and eliminate a couple of mistakes.
“Hopefully someone will step up and put it in the net to finish a game for us.”
That chance will come for DePaul (4-7-2, 0-3-1) on Oct. 19 when the Blue Demons visit Seton Hall in a BIG EAST match.
NOTES: On the season, the Blue Demons are 0-4-2 in overtime matches… Providence outshot DePaul 15-14, but the home team had a 6-5 edge in shots on goal… the Friars had a narrow 10-9 advantage in corner kicks… DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby, who entered Saturday’s match No. 2 in the nation in total saves, made four stops… this was the third game in a row DePaul hasn’t been able to find the back of the net… five Blue Demons had two shots apiece and Joe Brinckwirth had two shots on goal… the match against Providence was proudly sponsored by DePaul’s Student Government Association and DemonTHON… Several “Miracle Families” from Lurie Children’s Hospital were on hand including the Colucci and Carter families, as well as DePaul student and former Lurie Children’s patient, Ryan Senatore… Rosie, Bella, Skye, Austin and Ryan were honorary team captains of Saturday’s game… the families joining us today have actively participated in DemonTHON – DePaul’s Dance Marathon benefitting Lurie Children’s Hospital… DemonTHON is a year-long fundraising organization benefitting Lurie Children’s Hospital that culminates in a 24-hour student-run dance marathon each spring… the DePaul community is committed to raising funds and awareness for Lurie Children’s, where 148,000 children receive world-class care each year… DemonTHON has rasied over $250,000 for the kids at Lurie Children’s and has built lasting connections between students and families experiencing pediatric illness.