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Defense Leads DePaul to Fourth Win in a Row
Elise Wyatt scored her fourth goal of the season in the Blue Demons' 1-0 victory over Milwaukee on Friday.


Elise Wyatt scored her fourth goal of the season in the Blue Demons' 1-0 victory over Milwaukee on Friday.

Sep 6, 2013

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CHICAGO - DePaul won its fourth in a row on Friday, and this time it was the Blue Demon defense that carried the day.

The sturdy back line of Kylie Nordness, Nina Kodros, Rachel Pitman and Brianna Ryce made Elise Wyatt's goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over NCAA tournament qualifier Milwaukee at Wish Field.

After scoring 10 goals in three previous matches, DePaul (4-1-0) used a different script for the same result.

"Our backs played outstanding," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "They were all over everything Milwaukee tried. We knew this would be our toughest match so far and really limited their clean looks. Alex (Alejandria Godinez) had to make some saves, but nothing super dangerous.

"Nina played very well. She is ultra-competitive and would do anything for this team. She is starting to exude more and more confidence."

In the 40th minute, MaryKate Cicinelli played a ball to Wyatt on the right wing.

"Our game plan was to make strong, aggressive runs to try and break down Milwaukee's defense," said Wyatt in describing her fourth goal of the season. "I got behind the defense and the ball was slipped through to me. I had a breakaway down the right side.

"I dribbled it in as their goalkeeper came out. I slotted it into the far post. The way we had been scoring, I didn't think it would be the only goal of the game. But with our defense, it was just enough."

Kodros & Co. registered their second shutout of the season.

"It was important for the outside backs (Kodros and Rachel Pitman) to win the ball early," Kodros said. "Doing that enabled us to connect with our forwards.

"We have a new back line, and at first it was kind of a struggle. But we had some good defensive practices and learned as a unit when to drop, when to stop and what formations should look like."

Kodros has made impressive strides from last season.

"I'm confident now," Kodros said. "I'm an upperclassman and should play like this. I take a lot of pride in being a DePaul student-athlete, and that carries over onto the field."

So, what's going on with this winning streak?

"It's just great," Kodros said. "The more goals our offense can score, it takes the pressure off the defense. We have a feeling on this team that we can always score more goals."

The Blue Demons return to the Wish Field pitch for a 4 p.m. match on Wednesday against Green Bay.

NOTES: Wyatt now has four goals in five matches, and DePaul has outscored its opponents 11-3 on the season... Wyatt took a game-high five shots with three on goal... Erin Pekovitch and Ashleigh Goddard each had two shots... Amber Paul had the team's other shot on goal... the Blue Demons outshot Milwaukee 14-9... Godinez made three saves... Wyatt leads the team in goals and points (nine)... Natasa Radosavljevic and Ana Greik each have five points.