Wyatt's Strike Lifts DePaul Over Seton Hall
Oct. 7, 2012
CHICAGO – After falling 1-0 in its last BIG EAST Conference match, the DePaul women’s soccer team rebounded to earn a 1-0 shutout of their own on Sunday as it took down visiting Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon at Wish Field. An 84th-minute goal off the foot of freshman Elise Wyatt lifted the Blue Demons to their third BIG EAST win of the season.
Following a back-and-forth first half, both squads turned it on in the second frame.
In the 79th minute, Wyatt, who started the contest, returned to the pitch as a substitution and gave the Blue Demon offense an immediate boost.
“I think it was a typical Sunday game,” head coach Erin Chastain said following the match. “Both teams played a really tough, demanding match on Friday. The Sunday games are never that pretty but I was happy that we grinded it out, got the shutout, and created some good chances in the second half to score and scored a great goal. All of those were positives out of the game.”
After the Pirates (6-10-1, 1-7 BIG EAST) entered the attacking zone in the 83rd minute, Megan Pyrz scooped up a cross and quickly began the counter. Pyrz distributed the ball out to the Blue Demon right-back Rachel Pitman who took it up field to pressure Seton Hall.
Pitman, who played all 90 minutes of the match, delivered a perfectly-placed ball to Wyatt up the right side and the freshman drilled it into the upper 90 to give DePaul (8-7-1, 3-4 BIG EAST) the 1-0 lead with just over six minutes remaining in the match. It was Wyatt’s third goal of the season and seventh point.
“It was a great goal. Rachel played her an absolutely great ball,” Chastain continued. “She made a great run and it was a great finish.”
“I was really happy that Rachel got to contribute and got an assist just because she had a great game and was really dangerous from an attacking perspective even though she is a defender.”
The Blue Demon defense finished it from there as DePaul earned its fifth shutout of the season and the third for Pyrz. The sophomore goalkeeper finished with five saves in the match while picking up her first career assist. Seton Hall’s Alyssa Kelly finished the match with three saves.
Overall, the Blue Demons outshot the Pirates by a 13-10 margin.
DePaul returns to BIG EAST action next weekend as it hits the road for league matches against Villanova and Georgetown on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
“We needed to win the game [against Seton Hall] to give ourselves a good chance to make the BIG EAST playoff,” Chastain said in regards to next weekend’s matchups. “I think anytime we can get one of our freshmen scoring and can get the shutout, that’s going to give you some confidence going on the road. We’ll get ready this week for a good Villanova team.”