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Blumberg's Under Control in Sopping Wet Win on Sunday
Kelly Blumberg scored the winning goal Sunday in DePaul's 1-0 nonconference win over Valparaiso.


Kelly Blumberg scored the winning goal Sunday in DePaul's 1-0 nonconference win over Valparaiso.

Aug. 26, 2012

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CHICAGO – A wet, rainy physical match brought out the best in Kelly Blumberg on Sunday.

The DePaul co-captain hit a composed shot from 19 yards out into the low far post in the seventh minute for a 1-0 victory over Valparaiso at Wish Field.

It gave the Blue Demons a sweep for the weekend and sent them off on a 3-1 start to the new season.

“Rebekah Roller served up a nice free kick and Ashleigh Goddard headed it down towards me,” Blumberg said about her first goal of the season. “I had a similar chance in our game against Loyola and hit in in the wrong spot.

“I needed to be calm and place it in the net instead of trying to kill it.”

Later in the first half Erin Pekovitch sent a cross that Sarah Gorden slipped to an open Blumberg on the right wing.

“In that situation, we’re told to redirect a ball to the opening,” Blumberg said. “I shot it thinking about a goal, but also so that Elise Wyatt might have a chance on the other side.

"It just went wide.”

Blumberg also came close on a header in front of the Valparaiso goal.

“Kelly scored an awesome goal and had those two other chances,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. “She played well and worked hard to be dangerous out there. Kelly also does so much for us defending corner kicks.”

Chastain was pleased with her back line of Gorden, Kylie Nordness, Rachel Pitman and Ren Stoecklin that notched the team’s second consecutive shutout of the season.

“It was a tough, physical game and they played all 90 minutes,” Chastain said. “We knew Valparaiso was a physical team, and our back four stood tough defensively.

“The rain made it difficult to play our style, but I’m proud of the way our team came out and battled.”

Winning three of its first four matches is a welcome turnaround from the slow start of 2011.

“It’s pretty exciting to be 3-1 instead of what happened last year,” Blumberg said. “I knew this was going to be a different kind of a team. But we still have a lot ahead of us.”

Next up is a Friday match at Wright State followed by a matchup Sunday at Dayton.

NOTES: This is the first time DePaul has opened the season with three wins in its first four matches since 2009 when the Blue Demons started out 3-0-1… DePaul outshot Valpo 7-5 on Sunday, including 5-2 in the second half… the visiting team had four corner kicks to two for the Blue Demons… Blumberg had a game-high three shots with one on goal… Amber Paul, Pitman, Wyatt and Pekovitch each had one shot apiece… Pitman, Paul, Gorden, Nordness, Roller, Stoecklin and Blumberg all played the entire 90 minutes.