DePaul Battles UIC to a 2-2 Tie
CHICAGO – The men’s soccer team came back from a two-goal deficit, but neither couldn’t score a third goal as they played Illinois-Chicago to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday afternoon at Flames Field. With the draw, DePaul’s record went to 2-4-2.
The match was back-and-forth until a flurry of Flames goals in the first half. The first score of the match came at 34:15 when Patrick Grange beat DePaul keeper Michael Timlin to the ball off a cross from Joe Morelli. Just 37 seconds later, UIC struck again as Dennis King took a pass and chipped it past Timlin for the second goal.
Gradually, DePaul battled back with Anthony Minniti scoring his first goal of the season at 37:46. Bob Kruse found Minniti just outside of the box and he sent it home to the lower left corner of the goal.
The score remained at 2-1 until the Blue Demons lined up for a free kick. Jonathan Foley took the kick and bent it over the UIC wall and past keeper Casey Pudwill. Foley’s score in the 79th minute was his first of the season and last of the match.
In the two 10-minute overtime periods, both teams had opportunities to put the match away. Timlin made a number of saves as the DePaul defense locked down the UIC offense. The freshman keeper finished the match with six saves.
The Blue Demons wrap-up the string of nine straight road matches with a Sunday afternoon tilt at Drake. Kickoff with the Bulldogs is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa. The home opener is set for Oct. 5 when DePaul takes on Conference USA foe Memphis.