Blue Demons Fall 3-0 in Regular Season Finale at St. John's
Nov. 2, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – DePaul found out on Saturday night why Rachel Daly is the most dangerous women’s soccer player in the country.
Daly had two goals and an assist in DePaul’s 3-0 BIG EAST Conference loss in the final match of the regular season.
Despite the setback, DePaul (11-4-2, 5-3-1 in the BIG EAST) will host Villanova (6-9-3, 3-5-1) in a 1 p.m. BIG EAST Championship match Tuesday at Wish Field.
St. John’s (10-4-3, 4-3-2) needed a win Saturday to host in the first round. Daly scored a goal in the 23rd minute on a shot that deflected off the top of the crossbar and into the net.
Just 48 seconds into the second half, Daly assisted on Deanna Murino’s shot from 25 yards into the upper 90. Daly struck again in the 69th minute, scoring inside the box into the right side. Daly leads the nation with 20 goals and 43 points.
“She is a special player and a difference-maker,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain about Daly. “St. John’s is a good team that had everything to play for and earned a chance to host a first-round playoff game.
“They scored a real good goal in the first half. It wasn’t the start we wanted in the second half. On those two goals, they capitalized on mistakes we made.
“When you’re playing a good attacking team like St. John’s, you really have to play well closer to your own goal.”
It’s time now to focus on Villanova.
“Our team had a wonderful regular season,” Chastain said. “We put ourselves in a good position, and that’s why we’re hosting on Tuesday.
“We’ll learn from our mistakes and be really excited for the BIG EAST Championship.”
NOTES: This was the first time all season DePaul had given up three goals in a game… the Blue Demons had allowed just nine goals in their first 16 games… DePaul finished the regular season leading the BIG EAST in fewest goals allowed with 12… the five BIG EAST wins ties the program record for most in a season… St. John’s outshot DePaul 16-8 and had a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal… DePaul had a 6-2 edge in corner kicks… Rebekah Roller had both of the Blue Demons’ shots on goal while Nina Kodros and Erin Pekovitch each took two shots… Kodros, Kylie Nordness, Rachel Pitman, Brianna Ryce and Amber Paul played the full 90 minutes.