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Late Goal Leads to BIG EAST Loss
Morgan Celaya scored her third goal of the season in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Connecticut.

Morgan Celaya scored her third goal of the season in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Connecticut.

Oct. 2, 2011

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CHICAGO - Just when it looked like DePaul was headed for another overtime game, the Blue Demons let their guard down.

Danielle Schulmann's header in the 82nd minute provided Connecticut with a 2-1 BIG EAST Conference victory over the Blue Demons on Sunday at Wish Field.

Trailing 1-0 after Schulmann had scored her first goal in the 31st minute, DePaul came out fired up at the outset of the second half.

In the 48th minute, Rachel Pitman stole the ball, beat three Connecticut defenders and fed Morgan Celaya a textbook touch pass for a shot in the middle of the box.

Celaya delivered from seven yards away into the upper 90 in erasing UConn's early lead with her third goal of the season.

"Rachel had a great game today, and she did a nice job of setting up Morgan," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "Morgan made a good run and had a great finish."

DePaul (3-9-1, 1-4-1 in the BIG EAST) had gone to overtime in five of the last six matches coming into Sunday, and it appeared the Blue Demons were going that route again.

But Schulmann established position in front of the net and headed in the winning goal after an assist from Devin Prendergast. Her seventh goal of the season improved Connecticut to 5-5-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the BIG EAST.

"I thought we played well in the second half with the exception of our defense on that second goal," Chastain said. "I thought it was a soft goal.

"Our expectations are that we have the kind of team capable of defending a play like that."

Chastain had hoped the Blue Demons could take advantage of its home-field environment and pick up points in the BIG EAST standings.

"Our team is motivated and will be ready for our road games next weekend," Chastain said. "We're optimistic we can pick up some points."

DePaul returns to the pitch Friday with a 6 p.m. match at Rutgers.

NOTES: DePaul has five conference matches remaining with road games against Rutgers, Seton Hall and Notre Dame and home games against Villanova and Georgetown... the Blue Demons were outshot by UConn 12-10 on Sunday and had three shots on goal to the Huskies' four... Celaya and Pitman each had three shots, and two of Celaya's attempts were on goal... Michelle Scandora had two shots including a header that was saved by UConn goalkeeper Jessica Dulski... Amber Paul had two shots... DePaul had a 3-1 edge in corner kicks... both Dulski and DePaul goalie Megan Pyrz made two saves apiece.