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Second Half Propels DePaul to First BIG EAST Win
Brianna Ryce notched her first career goal, the game-winner.

Brianna Ryce notched her first career goal, the game-winner.

Sept. 14, 2012

Box Score: DePaul 1, Cincinnati 0 Get Acrobat Reader

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Though defense was once again the star of the match for the DePaul women’s soccer team, it was freshman Brianna Ryce's first collegiate goal—a quick shot in the 87th minute—that gave the Blue Demons a 1-0 win over Cincinnati to open up BIG EAST Conference action.

“It’s always great to start off the conference season—with a win, especially on the road, in a tough conference,” head coach Erin Chastain said following the match.

In the first half, the Bearcats got the first opportunity as Megan Cravenor took a long shot that sophomore goalkeeper Megan Pyrz easily fought off in the 14th minute. The Blue Demons (5-3-1 overall, 1-0 BIG EAST) answered with a shot on goal of their own, but the Bearcats remained in control for most of the period.

“Our team definitely got off to a rough start in the first half,” Erin Chastain noted. “We looked a little nervous and didn’t really settle down or follow our game plan, but the team had a great response after halftime and came out as a different group.”

Regarding the second period, Chastain continued, “They played some really good soccer and came out with great chances in the second half.”

A revived Blue Demons squad took the field in the next 45 minutes as it registered 10 shots in the second frame—a stark contrast from the four they managed to get off in the first.

“I really felt the entire second half that we were going to get a goal," Chastain said and that feeling proved accurate in the final minutes.

In the waning minutes, junior midfielder Rebekah Roller was poised to take the corner kick for the Blue Demons. As the 87th minute struck, Roller served the corner into play. Amber Paul and Ashleigh Goddard kept the ball alive for the Blue Demons before the freshman Ryce finished it. Ryce buried her shot into the back of the net to give DePaul the 1-0 and land herself her first collegiate goal.

The chance would not have been possible, however, without the strong play by the Blue Demon backline.

“Cincinnati has a couple of dangerous forwards,” Chastain said about the BIG EAST Bearcats. “Our backline did such a great job not allowing dangerous chances in the game.”

“Cincinnati took a bunch of long-range shots that Megan [Pyrz] had an easy time collecting and I thought our backline really did a great job limiting those chances.”

With one BIG EAST win in tow, the Blue Demons hope their return to Wish Field on Sunday will bring on another as they welcome the Cardinals of Louisville for a 1 p.m. match.