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Once is Not Enough for Celaya and DePaul
Morgan Celaya scored the tying goal in the Blue Demons' 3-2 BIG EAST loss to Villanova on Friday.

Morgan Celaya scored the tying goal in the Blue Demons' 3-2 BIG EAST loss to Villanova on Friday.

Oct. 14, 2011

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CHICAGO - Morgan Celaya would have done just about anything on Friday to score two more goals.

As it was, the DePaul senior forward hit an amazing shot that tied up the BIG EAST match with Villanova, only to have the Blue Demons come up short 3-2 at Wish Field.

"It's unexplainable how this keeps happening," Celaya said about DePaul's ninth loss of the season by a single goal. "We didn't give up and kept on fighting to come back.

"It hurts to know that other teams come in here and keep winning games."

Villanova star Katie Ryan scored her 10th goal of the season in the 11th minute on a 1v1 breakaway, beating DePaul goalkeeper Megan Pyrz.

Back came the Blue Demons with Natasa Radosavljevic picking up her first goal of the year, drilling it from two yards out into the lower right of the Wildcat net in the 45th minute.

Early in the second half, Ryan struck again with her 11th goal, this time on a rocket shot just inside the box that sailed into the back left in the 49th minute.

One minute later, Celaya found the equalizer with an acrobatic side kick from three yards out that popped over the head of Villanova goalkeeper Jami Kranich. Michelle Scandora and Kelly Blumberg had consecutive headers to set up Celaya.

"I was just trying to keep the ball in the center of the box," Celaya said. "I was surprised because I would never expect to score on a shot like that. It's not exactly my forte.

"But any goal is a good goal right now."

Just when it appeared this match was headed into overtime, Heidi Sabatura converted a pass from Katy Nagy into the winning goal in the 86th minute. Villanova improved to 8-7-2, 4-5-0 in the BIG EAST.

"We didn't put in a consistent 90 minutes, and we showed a lack of toughness on their goals," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "We created enough chances and scored two really good goals.

"The seniors on the field---Michelle Scandora, Morgan Celaya, Beth Perry and Casey Mercurio---are leaving it all on the field and setting a good example for the rest of our group. They have displayed a special kind of resiliency and have showed up for every game.

"On Sunday for Senior Day, I hope the rest of the team can follow their lead and we can send them off on a positive note."

With just two games left in her career, Celaya realizes everything is coming to an end.

"It's kind of surreal," Celaya said. "These next games will be the last time the seniors play competitively together.

"Michelle and Beth have done a great job of leading the way from the center of the field. I just feed off of them.

"All of us seniors, we have nothing to lose these last two games."

Celaya, Scandora, Perry and Mercurio along with Arianna Foster, Erika Janota, Taylor Nieling, Susie O'Connor and Kayla Rahon will be honored after DePaul's 1 p.m. match on Sunday at Wish Field.

NOTES: Celaya's goal gave her the team lead with four on the season... freshman Amber Paul is second with three goals...Scandora and Ashleigh Goddard each have two scores... having the best season of her career, Celaya also leads DePaul in points with nine... Paul is second with seven points while Scandora, Goddard and Rebekah Roller each have five points... Roller leads the team with three assists... Villanova outshot the Blue Demons 13-8 and had eight shots on goal to three for DePaul (3-12-1, 1-7-1)... Radosavljevic led the Blue Demons with three shots and two shots on goal... Celaya, Scandora, Perry, Mercurio, Paul, Roller, Pyrz and Sarah Gorden all played the entire 90 minutes... on the season, Celaya has 41 shots and 21 shots on frame to lead the team... Scandora is second with 12 shots on goal while Paul is second in overall shots with 28.