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Goddard-Radosavljevic One-Two Combo Knocks Out Towson
Ashleigh Goddard scored the season's first goal in 11 seconds as DePaul topped Towson 2-1 on Friday.

Ashleigh Goddard scored the season's first goal in 11 seconds as DePaul topped Towson 2-1 on Friday.

Aug. 17, 2012

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CHICAGO - Like good roommates, Ashleigh Goddard and Natasa Radosavljevic had each other's back on Friday.

Goddard scored DePaul's first goal just 11 seconds into the new season and Radosavljevic tallied the eventual game-winner in the 14th minute of the Blue Demons' 2-1 victory over Towson at Wish Field.

And appropriately enough, each roomie assisted on the other's goal.

"That was the quickest goal I have ever scored," Goddard said. "I passed off to Natasa and she served it back to me. It was a one-two combination play that we've been working on in practice."

Radosavljevic nodded her head.

"I like Ashleigh in a one-on-one situation," she said. "After I passed it, I thought to myself: `Ashleigh is going to finish it.'"

Ready to pay back her roomie, Goddard got the chance just 13 minutes later. The junior forward struck a well-placed ball that set up Radosavljevic for a one-on-one opportunity against Towson goalkeeper Erin Quinn.

"I had a breakaway," Radosavljevic said. "I couldn't slow down too much because the defenders were trying to catch up. But I didn't want to go too fast and miss the shot.

"I took what the goalkeeper gave me and scored.

"Ashleigh and I are going into our third year of playing together. We have a good feeling for each other's playing style."

DePaul's defensive style held off the Towson attack until the 67th minute when the Tigers' top attacker Cheyenne Skidmore broke behind the Blue Demon defenders and beat goalkeeper Megan Pyrz near post. Kat Sipes set it up with a long thru ball.

"We did a nice job setting the tone right away and executing on the first play," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "After we led 2-0 at halftime, we should have closed the game off with a goal in the second half.

"There were some great chances, but we didn't finish them off. It forced us to play a very tight game for the final 20 minutes."

The Blue Demons were up to the task of protecting the one-goal lead.

"Sure, we are disappointed that we gave up the goal," Goddard said. "But overall, this win today set us up for the season.

"It's a good start, and we're only going to build from here."

DePaul takes on crosstown rival Loyola Chicago at 1 p.m. Sunday at Wish Field.

NOTES: DePaul outshot Towson 16-6 and had eight shots on goal to just two for the Tigers... Pyrz was forced to make just one save while Quinn had to turn away six shots on frame including one leaping punch-out... the Blue Demons outshot the visiting team 9-2 in the second half... Santa Clara transfer Sara Brathwaite led DePaul with four shots that included two on goal in her DePaul debut... Radosavljevic had three shots with two on frame... Kelly Blumberg fired off three shots with one on goal... Erin Pekovitch had two shots with one on goal while freshman Brianna Ryce took two shots... Amber Paul and Goddard took one shot apiece, and each was on target.