Aggressive DePaul Can't Find Equalizer in 1-0 Loss to Villanova
Oct. 26, 2013
CHICAGO - DePaul put on a performance Saturday that elicited a nod of approval from coach Craig Blazer, but somehow the equalizer eluded the Blue Demons.
Despite outshooting Villanova 18-8, DePaul came up short 1-0 in a BIG EAST Conference match at chilly and windy Wish Field.
"I thought we played a great game both statistically and emotionally," Blazer said. "I was very proud of the performance from this group.
"We rebounded from our last game (6-0 loss Wednesday at No. 10/9 Georgetown). Unfortunately, we did not keep the zero and they took their one chance."
In the 34th minute, Aaron Dennis dribbled into the middle of the box and fired a shot past Eric Sorby from 10 yards. It was Dennis' second goal of the season as Villanova improved to 8-7-1, 3-4-0 in the BIG EAST.
DePaul (4-10-2, 0-6-1) revved up the attack in the second half and outshot the Wildcats 10-3. Art Garza, Simon Megally and Thiago Ganancio had the best chances, and Jared Blincow fired a rocket from 25 yards that just missed.
Sorby and the Blue Demon back line kept Villanova in check, but the offense could not find the tying goal.
"Sometimes, that's how it goes," Blazer said. "Still, I was proud of the way the guys competed today."
DePaul will look to get back on the winning track with a Nov. 2 match at No. 22 Creighton.
NOTES: This was the Blue Demons' sixth loss in a row... the last time that happened was in 2000 when DePaul opened the season 0-15... Sorby played well in his first game back from an injury that sidelined him for the Georgetown game... the senior goalkeeper made four saves... Garza led the Blue Demons with six shots and three shots on goal... Megally had two shots with one on frame and Ganancio had the other shot on goal... Blincow and Joe Brinckwirth each took three shots... DePaul had a dominant 13-2 advantage in corner kicks.