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Nothing Went Right for the Blue Demons
Goalkeeper Claire Hanold kept DePaul close in the first half of Friday's 3-0 loss to Iowa at Wish Field.

Goalkeeper Claire Hanold kept DePaul close in the first half of Friday's 3-0 loss to Iowa at Wish Field.

Aug. 19, 2011

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CHICAGO, Ill. - Nothing went right for DePaul Friday in the women soccer team's season opener.

The Blue Demons fell behind by halftime and never recovered, losing to Iowa 3-0 at Wish Field at Cacciatore Stadium.

"I'm really disappointed in our performance, especially coming at home in our opener," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "We let Iowa dictate the game to us in the second half.

"We never had the usual fight and spirit that we bring to every game."

Iowa pressured the Blue Demons almost the entire first half, firing 11 shots at DePaul goalkeeper Claire Hanold.

Finally in the 44th minute, the Hawkeyes' Alex Melin fired in a shot past Hanold from 20 yards away after an assist from Dana Dalrymple.

The Big 10 adversary added a pair of insurance goals in the second half.

Freshman Cloe Lacasse scored an unassisted goal in the 54th minute during a scramble in front of the DePaul net.

In the 59th minute, Lacasse struck again. This time, she took a corner kick from Morgan Showalter and scored from 30 yards out.

"I felt like our team was prepared," Chastain said. "We will regroup and be ready for our next game."

Hanold made several outstanding stops to keep the halftime deficit at 1-0. One Hawkeye shot midway through the first half appeared headed to the upper right corner of the Blue Demon net when the junior goalie leaped at an angle and deflected it away.

Of the 11 shots Iowa launched in the first half, six were on frame.

DePaul had problems connecting on its passes and was unable to mount a sustained attack. Iowa finished with 14 shots to DePaul's six and had nine shots on goal to four for the Blue Demons.

"Claire played really well and made some game-changing saves in the first half," Chastain said. "I was hoping that would provide motivation for our team.

"Unfortunately, it didn't do that. We will be better prepared for our match on Sunday at Milwaukee."

NOTES: DePaul freshman MaryKate Cicinelli sang an impressive rendition of the National Anthem before the Blue Demons' season opener... Nikki Condit, Morgan Celaya, Michelle Scandora, Ashleigh Goddard, Natasa Radosavljevic and Cicinelli each had one shot for DePaul... Hanold wound up with six saves... Iowa had 11 fouls to five for DePaul...Chastain used 20 players in Friday's match while Iowa used 22... DePaul's men's soccer team sat in the student section cheering for the women's team... the Blue Demons came away with a split during the preseason, downing Indiana 1-0 at home and losing to Northwestern 2-0 in Evanston... DePaul had opened the 2010 season with a 2-0 victory over Iowa in Iowa City... next up is a 2:30 p.m. match Sunday at Milwaukee.