Overtime Goal Sinks DePaul at No. 11 Georgetown
Oct. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Although the unyielding defense of the DePaul women’s soccer team held strong once again on Sunday afternoon, the Blue Demons could not keep No. 11 Georgetown off the board in overtime. The nationally-ranked Hoyas slipped one past DePaul in the 99th minute to send the Blue Demons to their fifth BIG EAST Conference loss of the season.
Throughout regulation, it was the 11th-ranked Hoyas who controlled much of the offense, though they only managed two shots on goal in that time.
In the first frame, the DePaul backline—anchored by Kylie Nordness, Sarah Gorden, Rachel Pitman, and Ren Stoecklin—stymied a Georgetown attack that entered the match averaging nearly three goals per game.
DePaul goalkeeper Megan Pyrz went untested in the opening half though Georgetown was credited with three shots, none on target.
In the second frame, the Hoyas upped their pressure, firing seven shots after the break. Ready to answer, however, Pyrz denied both shots on goal from the Hoyas, maintaining the scoreless draw and pushing the game into extra time.
The first overtime period saw the Blue Demons register their first and only shot of the match. Just over a minute into overtime, junior midfielder Rebekah Roller fired one at GU’s Emma Newins who deftly kept it out of the back of the net to preserve the 0-0 score.
After neither squad fashioned a scoring chance over the next five minutes, it was Georgetown that finally broke the deadlock.
With just over two minutes to go in the first golden-goal overtime, the Hoyas’ Kaitlin Brenn sent a pass toward the middle that Vanessa Skrumbis picked up. Skrumbis then lofted the ball over the head of Pyrz to secure her second goal of the season and the game-winner.
The shutout is the Hoyas’ 13th of the season and second straight after they shut down No. 24 Notre Dame on Friday evening.
Over the weekend, Pyrz allowed just one goal in 209 minutes of action while making 13 total saves. The sophomore keeper has given up one goal or fewer in each of DePaul’s last five matches.
DePaul returns to Wish Field on Friday, Oct. 14, for its final match of the 2012 regular season. The Blue Demons welcome No. 24 Notre Dame to Lincoln Park for a 3 p.m. matchup. The game will also serve as DePaul’s senior day.
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