Blue Demons Fall 2-0 to Iowa State
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just when DePaul was pressing for the equalizer, Iowa State came up with the clincher.
A Cyclone goal in the 81st minute sent the Blue Demons to a 2-0 loss Friday at the Minnesota Gold Classic.
DePaul (4-2-1) had entered the Classic having either won or tied its last four matches.
Iowa State (5-2-0) struck in the sixth minute on Jennifer Dominguez’s fourth goal of the season on a rebound off Blue Demon goalkeeper Megan Pyrz’s save attempt. Ashley Johnson was credited with an assist.
In the 61st minute, Elise Wyatt fired a shot on goal that was saved by Cyclone goalkeeper Maddie Jobe. In the 70th minute, Nina Kodros’ shot was stopped by Jobe, who finished with eight assists.
With the clock winding down, DePaul’s all-out offensive thrust in search of the tying goal led to Hayley Womack’s breakaway goal into the far corner.
"We let an extremely soft goal in and created several excellent chances to score but didn't have a high enough quality in the final third,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. “We had to change our tactics nearing the end of the game and took the second goal.
“We will rebound and make some adjustments for Sunday."
The Blue Demons had their chances in the first half, outshooting Iowa State 9-6 in the first 45 minutes. Brianna Ryce had a pair of shots on goal that were turned back by Jobe. Amber Paul was on frame in the fifth minute, but Jobe was up to the task.
Natasa Radosavljevic had an opportunity in the 25th minute that was saved by Jobe. Rachel Pitman’s shot was stopped by in the 37th minute, and MaryKate Cicinelli’s attempt in the 38th minute met the same fate.
DePaul outshot (13-11) an Iowa State side that has outscored its opponents 16-5 this season.
The Blue Demons had eight shots on goal to seven for the Cyclones. Wyatt had a team-high three shots with two on frame while Ryce had two shots on goal.
DePaul returns to the Robbie Stadium pitch for a 1 p.m. match Sunday against host Minnesota.