Overtime Goal Sinks Blue Demons on Field Trip Day
Oct. 5, 2012
CHICAGO – Buoyed by the energetic support of an enthusiastic Field Trip Day crowd, DePaul women’s soccer came out strong Friday afternoon at Wish Field but the Blue Demons couldn’t quite finish what they started in a 1-0 BIG EAST Conference overtime loss to Rutgers.
With students from St. Clements, Claremont, Belmont- Cragin and Finkl elementary schools gathered in the stands, Rutgers’ Jonelle Filigno scored in the 91st minute.
Rutgers forward Cassie Inacio dribbled the ball through the midfield and played a ball to teammate Filigno, who was able to receive the ball in the box and strike it low into the right netting past DePaul goalkeeper Megan Pyrz.
Filigno, who earned a bronze medal for the Canadian National Team in the World Cup, scored her 10th goal of the season.
“We didn’t track a runner into the box and they slipped a nice pass,” said DePaul head coach Erin Chastain. “We tried to be physical and prevent her from facing up and running at us because that’s where she’s really dangerous.”
Despite the loss, it was DePaul (7-7-1, 2-4-0 in the BIG EAST) who came out aggressively at the starting whistle with multiple attacks on goal in the first couple of minutes.
“I thought we had a great start,” Chastain said. “That was our game plan to come out with a lot of energy and intensity, and I think we did that.”
Blue Demon forward Natasa Radosavljevic played a ball in the first minute to teammate Elyse Wyatt that turned into a corner kick. The fast speed of play from the midfield up to the forwards created several shots on goal in the beginning of the game. Ashleigh Goddard created chances for her team, including her shot on frame.
Pyrz was tested early as she made three saves in the first half. Rutgers goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins made one save in the opening 45 minutes.
A Rutgers foul created a chance for midfielder Rebekah Roller to serve the ball into the attacking box for the Blue Demons, but Rutgers (9-6-0, 2-5-0) was up to the task defensively.
The school kids showed their support for the Blue Demons by taking part in the halftime show.
“The energy and the environment were really great for our girls, and we’d love to have that many kids out at all of our games” Chastain said.
Pyrz made two saves and Simpkins one in the second half.
DePaul continues its season with a game at 1 p.m. Sunday against Seton Hall at Wish Field.
“We recognize we threw away a good opportunity to get some good BIG EAST points today, and we’ve got to go out and get them on Sunday,” Chastain said.