DePaul Falls to No. 14/18 Georgetown in BIG EAST Quarterfinals
Oct. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - Cinderella DePaul walked onto North Kehoe Field Sunday hoping to extend its magical journey through the BIG EAST Championship tournament against No. 14/18 Georgetown.
There would be no fairy-tale ending on this day as the Blue Demons came up short 1-0 in the BIG EAST quarterfinal. Georgetown (15-2-2) advances to the BIG EAST semifinals Friday at Connecticut.
In the ninth minute, Colleen Dinn scored her seventh goal of the season on a header over Blue Demon goalkeeper Megan Pyrz. Daphne Corboz had struck a corner kick that was flicked on to Dinn.
In the 19th minute, DePaul (9-10-2) was called for a hand ball just outside the penalty box. Corboz's shot was blocked and cleared out.
Early in the second half, Corboz had an opportunity from just outside the six that went wide right.
Later in the half, Elise Wyatt had the ball on the run just outside the 18. The freshman forward who had scored twice in Thursday's 3-0 BIG EAST playoff win over Villanova elected to send a pass onto Ashleigh Goddard rather than fire off a shot.
In the 81st minute, Megan Pyrz made a terrific save deflecting a well-placed Georgetown shot just over the net.
Most of the action in the opening 45 minutes was in DePaul's end of the field. Georgetown outshot the Blue Demons 7-1 and had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. DePaul's lone shot was a line drive off the foot of Amber Paul that was caught by Newins.
The Blue Demons had qualified for the playoffs when Connecticut beat Providence on the final day of the regular season.
As the lowest seed, they went on to upset Villanova on the road.
And no matter the outcome of Sunday's match, defensive-minded DePaul had put together a solid season that included nine shutouts.
Giving up just four goals in the final six games of the regular season enabled the Blue Demons to qualify for its third BIG EAST Championship in the last four years.