DePaul Falls to Notre Dame on a Goal in the 106th Minute
Oct. 19, 2012
CHICAGO - These Blue Demons pulled out all the stops on Friday, including women's basketball coach Doug Bruno waving a huge DePaul flag on the roof of the Athletic Center in a downpour.
But in the end, a shot by Notre Dame's Lauren Bohaboy to the lower left post in the 106th minute sent DePaul to a 1-0 BIG EAST Conference loss in double overtime.
However, there is a silver lining. If Connecticut and Syracuse win their matches at home on Saturday, the Blue Demons would qualify for the BIG EAST Championship.
DePaul (8-9-2, 3-6-1 in the BIG EAST) stood toe-to-toe with Notre Dame (12-4-2, 8-1-1) for more than 105 minutes as a steadfast defense featuring Sara Gorden, Kylie Nordness, Rachel Pitman and Ren Stoecklin blocked seven Fighting Irish shots and disrupted the offensive flow.
Blue Demon goalkeeper Megan Pyrz made six saves, but couldn't alter Bohaboy's fifth goal of the season in both teams' regular-season finale at Wish Field.
"We have some of the best defenders in the BIG EAST, and our defending is really good," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "We need to take the next step and do some special things in the attacking end.
"We had two good chances to score. Their goalkeeper got on one, and we just missed connecting on the other one.
"I'm proud of the effort. This is a very good Notre Dame team that has several special players."
Chastain was thankful for the Bruno support.
"It's awesome," Chastain said. "Coach Bruno is getting ready for his season to start, and there he is on the roof waving that flag in the rain. It shows you that DePaul is all about family and everyone rooting for everyone else."
The entire women's soccer program will become UConn and Syracuse fans on Saturday.
"UConn and Syracuse are both at home, so we'll hope for the best," Chastain said. "I do believe we have earned a chance to be in the postseason, and I hope it plays out that way."
NOTES: DePaul was outshot 20-5 by the Irish, and the visiting team had a 7-3 edge in shots on goal... Kelly Blumberg, Pitman, Elise Wyatt, Natasa Radosavljevic and Amber Paul each had one shot... Pitman, Wyatt and Radosavljevic put their attempts on frame... DePaul's last four losses have been by identical 1-0 scores---two in overtime and one in double OT... Pyrz, Nordness, Ashleigh Goddard, Stoecklin, Blumberg, Gorden and Pitman all played the entire match... before the match, Blumberg, Stoecklin and Claire Hanold were honored in a special Senior Day ceremony.