Kozielek's First Career Goal Lifts DePaul to Double-Overtime Tie
Oct. 17, 2012
CHICAGO - Even as the goals seemed to be raining down on Wish Field Wednesday, Michael Kozielek saved the best for last.
The DePaul freshman's header from 10 yards out in the 63rd minute gave the Blue Demons a 3-3, double-overtime tie with Cincinnati in a BIG EAST Conference matchup.
The first half saw four goals scored in the first 20 minutes and a fifth found the back of the net in the 37th minute.
"For us to be in the game and the goals coming so fast," it was crazy," Kozielek said. "It pumped everybody up."
In the 15th minute, Leon Powell tied the match up 1-1 with a header from 15 yards out.
Then, just 50 seconds later, Powell struck again. This time, the Bearcat senior forward found the net from 16 yards out just off the corner.
DePaul (3-9-3, 0-5-1 in the BIG EAST) continued to press the attack, and that strategy paid off in the 20th minute. Antonio Aguilar was fouled inside the penalty box, resulting in a penalty kick.
The Blue Demon senior laced a shot into the lower left of the Cincinnati net and the match was tied 2-2.
"We really competed and played hard today," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer as his team notched its first BIG EAST point. "This was the best offensive performance we've had all season.
"Our defense made some mistakes, but also made some good plays as well."
In the 37th minute, Cincinnati's Cole Denormandie fired off a booming shot from 30 yards away that sailed over DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby's head and into the back of the net.
Playing in a steady downpour throughout the second half, it appeared goals would be at a premium.
That's when Kozielek came through with his first collegiate goal.
"I was sitting back post when Brian Hindle took a pass from Art Garza and hit a shot that the goalie had no option but to knock it down," Kozielek said. "The ball came right to me with the goalie out of position.
"There was one defender standing there, and I just put it over him. I didn't want to hit it high---just put it on frame.
"We've been getting better as a team with our movements and patterns. Now it's time to start ripping some shots."
DePaul's best chance to win it came in the first OT. Aguilar blasted a shot from inside the box that Hafling deflected---right back to Aguilar. But the dangerous midfielder was unable to convert on the rebound.
Cincinnati left Wish Field with a 5-7-4 record, 2-2-2 in the BIG EAST.
"We had a lot of good looks in the two overtimes, but their goalkeeper came up with some huge saves," Blazer said. "Sorby came up big for us.
"We're disappointed we didn't come up with the win. But we remain competitive, and our younger guys are really bringing it."
DePaul returns to the pitch for a 6:30 p.m. BIG EAST match on Saturday at Syracuse.
NOTES: In addition to goals by Schultz, Aguilar and Kozielek, Garza, De Leon and Hindle each picked up an assist... DePaul outshot Cincinnati 21-19 and had a 14-8 advantage in shots on goal... Aguilar had seven shots with four on frame while De Leon had four shots with all of them on target...both of Hindle's shots were on goal and Kozielek had two shots with one on goal... Cale Hartle, Austin Toth and Schultz each had one shot on goal... Hafling was forced to make 10 saves while Sorby turned away five shots.