DePaul Downs Dayton in Overtime Battle
Sept. 2, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio – Thanks to stingy goalkeeping and an overtime goal by sophomore MaryKate Cicinelli—the first of her career—the DePaul women’s soccer team heads back to Lincoln Park with a 2-1 win over the host Dayton Flyers to conclude a 1-0-1 weekend.
In the first frame, the two sides matched up well. Although the Flyers outshot the Blue Demons 10-5 in the period, the score would not reflect that. In the 23rd minute, DePaul was the first to strike. After Dayton was called for a foul, Amber Paul stepped up to take the free kick for the Blue Demons from 25 yards out. Paul, who has already registered one goal this season, added her second right off the restart to put DePaul up 1-0.
Just under five minutes later, however, the Flyers answered. Dayton, who had entered the weekend receiving votes in the latest NSCAA Top 25 Poll, got a goal from Colleen Williams in the 28th minute to snap DePaul’s shutout streak at 389 minutes.
Williams’ equalizer marked the end of scoring in the half. In the second, Dayton once again outshot DePaul, this time by an 18-4 margin, but the Blue Demon defense held up. It was a stellar effort by sophomore goalkeeper Megan Pyrz that preserved the 1-1 deadlock. Pyrz, who made three saves in the first half, totaled eight in the second.
With the match at a draw, the two squads headed into the first 10-minute, golden-goal overtime. Pyrz was once again fired on, this time making one save to keep DePaul in it.
Just under six minutes into the extra action, it was DePaul substitution MaryKate Cicinelli who saved the day for the Blue Demons. The sophomore—who played 20 minutes in the contest—took a pass from Nina Kodros and proceeded on the breakaway.
Cicinelli , who registered just one shot in her freshman season, took her opportunity and made the most of it. The Elmhurst native finished to the upper far post to give DePaul the 2-1 win over Dayton and move the Blue Demons to 4-1-1 on the year.
DePaul continues on the road next weekend as it heads to the Minnesota Gold Classic. The Blue Demons take on Iowa State at 4:30 p.m. CT in Minneapolis before facing host Minnesota on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.