Blue Demons Drop Exhibition Match to Northern Illinois
CHICAGO – Following 75 minutes of scoreless soccer, DePaul and Northern Illinois erupted to combine for three goals in the final 15 minutes. However, the visiting Huskies got the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute to take a 2-1 decision in an exhibition match on Tuesday afternoon.
A scoreless first half saw both squads attempts three shots with goalkeepers Brian Visser of DePaul and Matt Corcoran registering a save apiece.
The Blue Demons created an early second-half scoring opportunity as Joe Sondag fired a shot from the top of box. Corcoran was there to make the stop and preserve the score at 0-0.
Northern Illinois broke the ice in the 75th minute when Marcus McCarty scored the first of his two goals. McCarty drilled a 15-yarder past Visser following a pass from Brad McGrane.
Less than seven minutes later, the Blue Demons knotted the match at 1-1. Sondag fed Nathan Feltz who turned and dribbled to the top of the penalty box for a low liner to the right corner at 81:51.
The scoring flurry continued 78 seconds later as McCarty struck again. The eventual game-winner started with Emmanuel Luvert dribbling toward the goal line on the right side of the goal. His floater across the mouth of the goal was knocked in by McCarty on the left side of the net at 83:09.
In the match, both teams took nine shots with the Blue Demons holding a 3-2 advantage on corner kicks. The two teams played two goalkeepers. Visser finished with two saves and a goal in 75:19 while Erik Sorenson concluded the match with a goal allowed in 14:41.
DePaul wraps up the preseason schedule with a Sunday afternoon game at Western Michigan. Kickoff in Kalamazoo is set for 2 p.m. EST.