Sensational Defensive Effort Sparks 2-1 Upset of No. 13 Nebraska
Elise Wyatt (above) and Abby Reed found the net in DePaul's 2-1 upset of No. 13 Nebraska on Sunday.

Aug. 24, 2014

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LINCOLN, Neb. - A magnificent defensive effort on Sunday can be traced back to six key DePaul women's soccer players who executed a brilliant game plan.

Four defenders and two holding midfielders put up a collective wall in DePaul's 2-1 victory over No. 13 Nebraska and its high-powered attack.

A back line of Rachel Pitman, Nina Kodros, Sarah Gorden and Elizabeth Endy combined with holding mids Brianna Ryce and Amber Paul to shut out the Cornhuskers until the 89th minute.

This was a Nebraska attack that scored 54 goals last season, four goals in Friday's season-opening win over SMU and returned its three leading goal-scorers.

"Our defenders and holding mids played with extreme discipline and held a high-powered offense in check," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "We took a goal at the end when they put every player forward.

"Nebraska plays a unique style throwing numbers forward that we had not seen before. They are really a dangerous team with a lot of great attacking personalities. Our back four and holding mids did a great job executing the game plan."

In the 16th minute, Alexa Ben hit a shot off the post that bounced right to Elise Wyatt who was eight yards from the Cornhusker net. Her rebound shot gave DePaul (2-0-0) a quick lead.

"Alexa tried to chip the goalkeeper and just missed," Wyatt said. "I followed up with a clean shot and one-time finish.

"That goal made us realize we are a very good team, but it was nerve-wracking playing with a 1-0 lead."

The Blue Demon defense made Wyatt's first goal hold up until the 85th minute when Abby Reed scored her second goal of the season on an assist from Ben.

"Abby dribbled the goalkeeper and finished from two yards out," Chastain said. "It was a great opportunity and she made sure it was going in."

DePaul returns to the pitch Friday for a match at Towson in Maryland.

NOTES: The Blue Demons outshot Nebraska 9-5 and limited the Cornhuskers to just three shots over the first 79 minutes... DePaul had six shots on goal to two for Nebraska... Wyatt had game-highs with four shots and three shots on goal... Reed, Kodros and Sara Brathwaite each had a shot on goal... the Blue Demons came away with a 4-2 edge in corner kicks... DePaul goalkeeper Alex Godinez made one save while Nebraska's keeper made four... Reed has two game-winning goals in two games and Ben has two assists.



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