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Wyatt's Winning Goal Sends DePaul Soaring into BIG EAST Semifinals
Elise Wyatt's goal lifted DePaul past Villanova 1-0 in Tuesday's BIG EAST Championship.

Elise Wyatt's goal lifted DePaul past Villanova 1-0 in Tuesday's BIG EAST Championship.

Nov. 5, 2013

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CHICAGO – Elise Wyatt’s wise decision on Tuesday sent DePaul women’s soccer onto its first BIG EAST Championship semifinals in program history.

The sophomore forward’s goal in the 10th minute was the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Villanova at Wish Field in the tournament opener.

DePaul (12-4-2) will face No. 15/8 Georgetown (15-1-2) at 5 p.m. Friday on Marquette’s Valley Fields in Milwaukee.

The Blue Demons came away with a 1-1, double-overtime tie at Georgetown during the BIG EAST regular season.

“You always want to be 1v1 with the goalkeeper,” said Wyatt of her seventh goal this season. “That’s an exciting play for me.

“Amber Paul played an amazing slip ball that left me alone with the Villanova keeper who came out towards me. I had to either take a shot by her or chip it on.

“I chipped it on and had an empty net in front of me. It was a really good feeling.”

Villanova (6-10-3) put the pressure on the Blue Demons, forcing goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez to make eight saves. There were two rocket shots that the sophomore deflected out of harm’s way.

“We did well being dangerous the first 25 minutes of the first half and scored a good goal,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. “Elise had a good timing run, got behind the defense and had a great finish.

“The last 20 minutes of the first half, Villanova had some dangerous chances. There was one shot that hit the post.

“The second half of this type of game can be kind of crazy. When it’s the playoffs, the team trailing by a goal sends numbers forward and it’s hard to absorb.

“Our defense did a good job. On that one off the post, we let their player get off a clean shot from the top of the box.”

DePaul adopted more of a defensive shape in the second half.

“Our team is very cohesive,” Wyatt said. “Villanova kept attacking us, and we changed to a more defensive formation. Our forwards and outside midfielders came back to help out.”

Speaking of support, the Blue Demon women’s basketball team, volleyball team and men’s soccer team lent their support from the Cacciatore Stadium student section.

Women’s basketball coach Doug Bruno was perched on the roof of the McCabe Residence Hall waving a giant DePaul flag.

“It was awesome,” Chastain said. “This isn’t the first time he has done that. To see him up there right when his season is about to start---coach Bruno and all those student-athletes in the stands are a tribute to the family atmosphere at DePaul.”

NOTES: The 12 wins in a season are second in program history to the 2003 NCAA tournament team that finished 14-7-2… the star of that team and the best player in program history, Julianne Sitch, was in the stands Tuesday cheering on her alma mater… Wyatt’s goal was the 12th of her career, tying her for seventh all-time… Villanova outshot DePaul 19-9 and had an 8-5 edge in shots on goal and 7-5 in corner kicks… Wyatt led DePaul with four shots and two shots on goal… Rachel Pitman, Ana Greik and Natasa Radosavljevic each had a shot on goal.