DePaul Continues Shutout Streak, Draws with Wright State
Aug. 31, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio – Friday night’s women’s soccer match between the DePaul Blue Demons and the Wright State Raiders was all about one thing—defense. DePaul (3-1-1) and Wright State (2-1-2) finished their double-overtime battle in a 0-0 draw despite a number of shots from both sides.
With the shutout from DePaul’s sophomore goalkeeper Megan Pyrz, the Blue Demons have not allowed a goal in three straight contests and nearly 360 minutes overall.
While the overall shots were relatively even—DePaul edged Wright State 17-15—the shots on goal differential swung heavily in the Blue Demons’ favor. DePaul managed 12 shots on goal in the contest to Wright State’s four but the Raiders’ keeper Brooke McCurdy managed to fend each of them off.
DePaul put major pressure on the Wright State keeper in the first frame, forcing the McCurdy to make six saves to preserve the tie. In the sixth minute, senior captain Kelly Blumberg registered two shots on goal against Wright State but could not get it past McCurdy. Just over halfway through the first, reigning BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll selection Rebekah Roller managed to get a shot off which McCurdy was also able to get a hand on.
In the first, McCurdy finished with six saves while Pyrz notched two. The second half saw DePaul register three shots on net but without a result. It was overtime, however, that DePaul upped the pressure as the Blue Demons blasted the Raider net with three shots on goal in just 20 minutes of action.
Rachel Pitman led the DePaul attack overall in the game as the sophomore registered five shots—all on goal—in 83 minutes. Blumberg and Natasa Radosavljevic each finished with three shots while Erin Pekovitch added two.
DePaul heads back to the field on Sunday afternoon as it takes on the Dayton Flyers at their home at noon CT.