Toth's Tally Ties Up Providence
Oct. 16, 2010
CHICAGO - Austin Toth could not have picked a much better time to score the first goal of his college career.
If only DePaul could have found one more.
Toth's tally in the 54th minute on Saturday enabled the Blue Demons to emerge with a 1-1 tie in double-overtime against BIG EAST Conference opponent Providence.
This was the fourth tie of the season, which equals the school record set in 1993 and 2008.
Toth followed up a blocked shot by fellow freshman Ray De Leon from the center of the field about one yard above the box, much to the delight of the Wish Field at Cacciatore Stadium crowd.
"It came after a (Willy Lara) corner kick, and I usually run near post," Toth said as Ray De Leon fired a shot that was blocked before the ball found its way to Toth. "The ball came to me, I pulled back out and hit it with my left foot.
"It`s awesome---I was in shock . My whole team tackled me and I couldn't go anywhere."
The deadlock brought DePaul (3-7-4, 0-3-2 in the BIG EAST) an all-important point in the race for the sixth and final playoff spot of the Red Division.
"That was a great shot by Austin," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "He showed good composure and gave us a chance to win the game."
Providence (5-5-2, 0-4-1) opened the scoring with a shot by Brian Grisell from 25 yards out that sailed over the head of DePaul goalkeeper John Michael Kulnig and landed in the net in the 34th minute.
After Toth tied it up, both teams had a number of dangerous chances. Kulnig made a total of seven saves while Friars goalie Jhojan Obando made six stops.
DePaul forward Alex Mangan took a game-high seven shots and led both teams with four shots on goal. Obando made a brilliant save on one of his headers.
"Both Mangan and Antonio Aguilar had good one-on-one opportunities, and their goalkeeper came up with some good saves," Blazer said. "Credit their goalie and John Michael for some outstanding play.
"It's encouraging that our team came fighting back after being down a goal. Our coaching staff believes these guys have what it takes to be successful.
"It was pretty equal. They certainly had their chances and J-M made some big saves for us."
Toth also stood out on a defense that withstood Providence's 16-shot attack.
"It was Andre Gutierrez, Matt Leinauer, Scottie Freundlich---especially Leinauer---who did it," Toth said. "Leinauer has been playing left back since John Jandl went out with an injury and that is crucial for us."
And how much fun is it for a defender to find the back of the net?
"It's great," Toth said. "I look forward to every corner kick. It's an opportunity to show what I can do offensively."
DePaul will have an opportunity to show what it can do against one of the nation's best in a 6 p.m. match Wednesday at No. 2/5 Louisville.
NOTES: DePaul outshot Providence 18-16, although the Friars had one more shot on goal (8-7)... after mangan's seven shots, Aguilar had three and Charlie Mancuso, Toth and De Leon each had two... Toth had two shots on goal and Aguilar one... the Blue Demons are currently in sixth place with two points, pending the outcome of St. John's match Saturday night against Connecticut... St. John's entered that match with one point... Rutgers, which is also in the mix for the last playoff spot, lost to Pittsburgh 3-0 on Saturday... the Scarlet Knights are looking for their first BIG EAST point... DePaul faces St. John's next Saturday at Wish Field during Senior Day and plays at Rutgers Oct. 30 in its BIG EAST regular-season finale... the Blue Demons are 0-0-4 in overtime matches this season... DePaul's last win was 2-0 over Drake on Sept. 21... Mancuso, Kulnig, Freundlich, Aguilar, Gutierrez, Leinauer, Mangan, Lara and Toth all played the entire 110 minutes.