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It's a Net Loss as Blue Demons Fail to Cash in
Morgan Celaya led the Blue Demons with three shots in Sunday's 1-0 loss at Illinois State.

Morgan Celaya led the Blue Demons with three shots in Sunday's 1-0 loss at Illinois State.

Aug. 29, 2010

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NORMAL, Ill. - Scoring goals is about to become a top priority for DePaul.

The Blue Demons could not convert on several scoring chances Sunday in a 1-0 loss to Illinois State.

"We had our share of chances, and I thought we would capitalize," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "They cleared one off the goal line, and we peppered them at the end of the first half.

"We have to be better in the final third."

DePaul (2-2-0) didn't register its first shot until the 42-minute, 56-second mark of the first half when freshman Ashleigh Goddard had her on-goal attempt foiled by a team save.

The Blue Demons had two corner kicks in a 19-second span at the end of the first half, but couldn't find the net.

Illinois State (2-2-0), the three-time, Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champion that competed in the NCAA tournament last year, scored just 5:10 into the match on a header by Anna Stinson. The goal was set up by a cross from Heather Sterling.

Going on the attack at the outset of the second half, Morgan Celaya fired a shot that was just wide 55 seconds after play resumed.

Freshman Natasa Radosavljevic got the Blue Demons going on their best stretch of the game with a shot at 56:46 that was a little high.

For the next 15 minutes, DePaul had four shots and three corner kicks---but couldn't replace the zero on the scoreboard. Tara Strickland and Celaya had shots that were blocked and Arianna Foster's shot was saved by Redbird goalkeeper Mara Kremenovic.

DePaul's last shot at forcing overtime came at 74:57 when Celaya's attempt was blocked.

"We gave up an early goal and created numerous chances from there, but couldn't find the back of the net," Chastain said. "We will head home, regroup, and get ready for a very good Missouri team."

The Tigers come to Wish Field for a 4 p.m. match on Friday.

Last year, Missouri was ranked No. 11 in the country when DePaul traveled to Columbia and came away with a 1-0 upset. It was the first victory over a Top 25 team in the program's 14-year history.

NOTES: Illinois State outshot DePaul 8-7 and had four shots on goal to two for the Blue Demons... DePaul outshot the Redbirds 6-5 in the second half... Celaya took three shots while Goddard, Foster, Strickland and Radosavljevic each had one... Goddard and Foster had DePaul's shots on goal... Michelle Scandora and Chelsea Grant played all 90 minutes while Casey Mercurio was on the field for 83 minutes followed by Kelly Blumberg (80), Lauren Pagone (78) Callie Hemming and Rebekah Roller (77 each)... on the season, Hemming leads DePaul with four points followed by Blumberg, Pagone and Radosavljevic with two apiece and Strickland with one point... Celaya leads with nine shots (three on goal) followed by Strickland with six shots (two on goal)... Hemming and Foster have each taken four shots while all three of Pagone's shots have been on goal... goalkeeper Claire Hanold has two shutouts, 15 saves and a 0.72 goals-against average... DePaul has outscored the opposition 4-3 and has 11 points to eight for its opponents... the Blue Demons have outshot their opponents 40-31 and are tied 18-18 in shots on goal... in corner kicks DePaul holds a decisive 22-11 advantage.