DePaul Falls in Overtime to No. 14/15 Marquette
Sept. 22, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Right before our eyes, these Blue Demons are evolving into a battle-tested soccer team capable of standing up to the best the BIG EAST Conference has to offer.
In a gritty display of never-give-up, DePaul fought tooth and nail with No. 14/15 Marquette Thursday night before falling 2-1 in overtime at Valley Fields.
The Blue Demons came so close to becoming the first team to put a blemish on Marquette's 7-0-0 record at home. It was DePaul's fifth overtime game in its last six.
They did it by persevering through a challenging first half in which freshman goalkeeper Megan Pyrz turned back five Golden Eagle shots in her first start.
The only shot that got by came in the sixth minute when Maegen Kelly scored her 10th goal of the season on an assist from Kate Reigle.
Defensively, Pyrz made two more saves and the Blue Demons also recorded a team save.
In the 71st minute, Morgan Celaya fired a low shot to the near post from 15 yards away that beat Marquette goalkeeper Natalie Kulla to tie the match at 1-1. Blumberg set up Celaya for her second goal of the season.
In the 98th minute, Mady Vicker took a pass in the middle from Britney Scott and fired in the game-winner from 10 yards out.
"I am proud of the effort we put forth to battle back from being down 1-0," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "We played a great second half and Kelly and Morgan combined on a great goal.
"We generated some chances in the second half and overtime, including hitting the post in overtime."
Celaya's goal gave her teammates a huge lift.
"It felt like we were going to pull out a win," Celaya said. "We have been working so hard in all these overtimes.
"We are going to break out of this sometime real soon. We've played well against Louisville on Sunday and against Marquette tonight.
"All it takes is one little thing and we'll start clicking."
The DePaul senior forward praised Blumberg for setting up the score.
"It was a great pass from Kelly after she made a run," Celaya said. "Kelly put me in a good position. I knew I had room away from the defender when I turned."
Marquette (9-2-0, 2-1-0) came out strong in the first half and fired off the first nine shots of the game.
Near the end of the first half in the 42nd minute, Arianna Foster's shot was blocked. Beth Perry's corner kick led to an excellent scoring chance, but Amber Paul's shot hit the crossbar in the 43rd minute.
Pyrz did her best to keep DePaul in the game.
"Megan had her first start of the year and was outstanding in goal for us," Chastain said. "We will regroup and get ready for a good USF team on Sunday."
That BIG EAST match kicks off at noon in Tampa.
NOTES: Pyrz made her first collegiate start against nationally ranked Marquette and finished with 10 saves... Celaya led DePaul with three shots, and all three were on goal... Pitman also fired three shots... Blumberg had one shot and it was on frame... Paul, Nikki Condit, Foster and Erin Pekovitch each had one shot... the Blue Demons were outshot 18-11 and Marquette had 13 shots on goal to four for DePaul... Roller, Chelsea Grant, Michelle Scandora, Kylie Nordness, Sarah Gorden, Perry and Paul played all 98 minutes.