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Blue Demons Fall to Northwestern in Double Overtime
Michelle Scandora just missed scoring on a header in the second overtime of Sunday's 2-1 loss at Northwestern.

Michelle Scandora just missed scoring on a header in the second overtime of Sunday's 2-1 loss at Northwestern.

Aug. 22, 2010

 

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EVANSTON, Ill. - In a matter of nearly 17 minutes, DePaul's soccer world was turned upside down.

The upside was freshman Natasa Radosavljevic's inspirational goal in the 88th minute of regulation time that evened up Sunday's match against Northwestern at 1-1 and mandated extra play.

The downer was Northwestern freshman Kate Allen's second goal of the game in the second overtime that gave the Blue Demons their first defeat of the season, 2-1, at Lakeside Field.

"I was thinking that every second was ticking away and just look towards the Northwestern goal," Radosavljevic said. "Anything you can get, kick it towards the goal.

"There was a battle for the ball, and it came over to me. I hit it with my left foot, and it went in. It felt pretty good, and it gave us some momentum going into the first overtime."

Radosavljevic's shot from the top of the penalty box was her first collegiate goal. Early in the second overtime, DePaul freshman Rebekah Roller sent a corner kick to the far post where Mchelle Scandora's header was just a little wide.

Allen didn't miss on her opening, scoring the game-winner from 16 yards out just to the right of the box.

"Natasa played well, and hit a wonderful left-footed shot at the right time," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "She is going to be making good plays for our program.

"It looked like our kids were a little tired from Friday night (2-0 victory at Iowa). This was Northwestern's season opener, and they looked fresh out there."

Allen put NU ahead 1-0 in the 78th minute after a crossing pass from freshman Bo Podkopacz.

It wasn't like DePaul (1-1-0) didn't have its chances. The Blue Demons had nine corner kicks, but couldn't cash in.

"When you get nine corner kicks, you've got to score on one of them," Chastain said. "That's too many opportunities to not capitalize on.

"We didn't execute our passing game real well today, and it took us a while to start battling."

The Blue Demons and Wildcats battled to a scoreless deadlock in the first half. DePaul came close to a score in the third minute when Roller's corner kick was cleared at the last second by an NU defender.

DePaul kept the ball in Wildcat territory, and Northwestern didn't register its first shot on goal until the 25th minute when Sam Greene forced goalkeeper Claire Hanold to make one of her two first-half saves.

"We did get tired at the end," Radosavljevic said. "We made little mistakes, and then got punished for them."

DePaul has its home opener Friday against St. Bonaventure at Wish Field.

NOTES: DePaul took 10 shots to nine for Northwestern... the Wildcats had five shots on goal to four for the Blue Demons... in corner kicks, DePaul had a 9-2 advantage... Morgan Celaya, Tara Strickland and Scandora each had two shots for the Blue Demons... Radosavljevic, Strickland, Scandora and Lauren Pagone each had a shot on goal... Roller, a freshman, started her second-straight match... Northwestern has played three double-overtime matches and one overtime match in its last five home openers... Blue Demon goalkeeper Claire Hanold made three saves... Northwestern owns a 6-1 series advantage against DePaul... each of the last four matches has been decided by a single goal.