Seniors Lead DePaul to Season-Ending Win
Oct. 26, 2012
CHICAGO—On Senior Day at Wish Field, the Blue Demons had extra incentive to grab a win from USF and finish the season on a high note for DePaul’s graduating class. Thanks to an all-senior scoring spree, DePaul walked away with a 3-2 win over visiting USF on Friday afternoon.
The Blue Demon win was largely influenced by the first-half performance of seniors David Leverentz, who notched two goals, and Antonio Aguilar, who added a goal and an assist. Fellow seniors Austin Toth and Brian Schultz were the other point-getters on the day for DePaul as they each assisted on Leverentz's second goal.
After the opening whistle, DePaul was quick to take the lead. With Aguilar taking a corner kick in the 12th minute, Leverentz and the Blue Demons were able to take advantage of the defensive disorganization by USF. Off the service, the ball was batted around inside the box before Leverentz buried it into the back of the Bulls’ net to put DePaul up 1-0.
The Blue Demons did not stop attacking and the second goal from Leverentz was scored just eight minutes later in a similar situation. This time, Leverentz put himself in position to poke the ball in after a cross from the left side. Fellow seniors Toth and Schultz connected and fed the ball to Leverentz, who once again proved dangerous to the Bulls.
In the 32nd minute, DePaul got on a breakaway, which was desperately defended by USF’s Ben Sweat. Sweat was then called for a handball in the box, prompting a red card, as the last man back attempting to prevent a potential Drew Dempsey goal.
Moments later, Aguilar added to his previous assist by scoring his first goal of the game on the ensuing penalty kick.
After the 3-0 DePaul lead at halftime, USF was motivated to come back and try to salvage their hopes of advancing to the postseason with a win.
Just 12 minutes into the second half, the Bulls earned a free kick from several yards outside the box. On the restart, Lucas Baldin curled it just over DePaul keeper Eric Sorby’s fingertips as it bounced behind and into the net, making the game 3-1.
The next chance for USF, who was still playing a man down, resulted in a goal in the 71st minute. Assists from Samuel Hosseini and Ashani Fairclough off a cross and a header pass led to an open chance for Sebastien Thuriere, who struck the ball into the left corner to make it 3-2.
USF’s efforts came up short in the end, however, as DePaul was able to limit their chances for the remainder of the second half.
The 3-2 win was not only a good ending to the senior players’ college careers, but also something to think about for the younger players in preparation for next season.