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Aguilar, Selvaggi Jump-Start DePaul's Playoff Drive
David Selvaggi's game-winning goal led the Blue Demons to a 2-1 BIG EAST win over Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

David Selvaggi's game-winning goal led the Blue Demons to a 2-1 BIG EAST win over Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

Oct. 19, 2011

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CINCINNATI - DePaul's one-two punch of Antonio Aguilar and David Selvaggi teamed up for a knockout performance on Wednesday night.

Aguilar opened the scoring and Selvaggi closed it out in the Blue Demons' critical 2-1 BIG EAST Conference victory over Cincinnati at Gettler Stadium.

DePaul and Cincinnati came into the match fighting for a playoff spot. The Blue Demons' first conference road win left them in a tie with Villanova for fourth place in the Red Division.

The top six teams qualify for the BIG EAST Championship tournament, and with just three games left in the BIG EAST season, points are ever so precious.

"This was huge for us because we really needed those three points," said Aguilar, who scored his seventh goal of the season in the 22nd minute to give DePaul a 1-0 lead. "This means a lot to us, and gives us confidence going into our game Saturday at St. John's."

Michael Millay scored the equalizer for Cincinnati (5-9-1, 1-5-0) on a header in the 65th minute off a free kick from Shamar Shelton.

In the 71st minute, Selvaggi scored his second game-winning goal of the season as the ball rolled past the Bearcat defenders and deflected into the back of the net.

"I kind of thought it would be the winning goal because of the way our defense was playing," Selvaggi said. "Our back line was rock-solid the whole game, but especially in the last 10 minutes when Cincinnati had four or five chances."

John Jandl, Austin Toth, Jared Blincow and Brian Lunar were the defenders that limited the Bearcats to just two shots on goal over the first 64 minutes.

"It was a great team effort, and the back line along with our goalkeeper Eric Sorby played very well," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "These guys came out energized and ready to play.

"We played our best 45 minutes of the season in the first half."

The Blue Demons were dominating with their possession in the first half and had total control of the match. DePaul's speed gave Cincinnati problems, and Aguilar's goal capped off the outstanding performance.

"Lunar played me long," Aguilar said. "Their defender tried to shield the ball, but I was able to get around him and knock it into the lower right side.

"Every time we get the first goal, it gives us confidence and we feel like we can keep on scoring."

DePaul (5-8-2, 2-3-1) continues its playoff drive with a 6:30 p.m. match Saturday at No. 12/9 St. John's.

NOTES: No. 9/8 USF tops the BIG EAST Red Division with 16 points and Rutgers is second with 12... St. John's, which was upset 3-1 at Villanova on Wednesday night, is third with nine points... DePaul and Villanova are tied for fourth place with seven points... No. 15/13 Louisville sits in sixth place with four points... Cincinnati is seventh with three points and Syracuse is eighth with one point... after facing St. John's on Saturday, DePaul is home for its final two matches against Louisville next Wednesday and Syracuse on Oct. 29... DePaul is looking to qualify for the BIG EAST tournament for the sixth year in a row... the Blue Demons were outshot by Cincinnati 16-13 but had eight shots on goal to five for the Bearcats... DePaul had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks... Matt Leinauer, who has stepped up his offense since being switched from defender to midfielder, led DePaul with five shots and three shots on goal... all three of Aguilar's shots were on frame... Selvaggi had two shots with one on goal and Anthony Hunter's lone shot was on goal... Toth and Wes Vallentine each had one shot... Jandl, Toth, Blincow and Leinauer played all 90 minutes.