Northwestern Tops DePaul
CHICAGO – In the season-opening match for both teams, Northwestern topped DePaul, 2-1, at Wish Field on Friday evening. Jennifer Dyer scored for DePaul in the second half, but the Blue Demons couldn’t find the net for a second time to tie the match.
Following a scoreless first half, Northwestern (1-0-0) connected on two goals in a span of just under four minutes. Shannon Schneeman scored on a shot from inside the top of the penalty box to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage. Schneeman’s goal at 68:09 was followed by the eventual game-winner at 71:49 as Kelsy Hans lifted a shot over DePaul goalkeeper Cara LaRocca.
Dyer cut the Northwestern lead to 2-1 in the 83rd minute. Lea Hill set up the score with a cross from the right side of the penalty box. Dyer knocked in the one-timer at 82:13 for DePaul’s first goal of the season.
LaRocca finished the match with a career-high 11 saves while allowing the two goals. Northwestern outshot DePaul, 20-5, but four of the five Blue Demon were on goal forcing Wildcat goalkeeper Lauren Johnston to make three saves. Northwestern also finished the match with 16 corner kicks.
DePaul (0-1-0) returns to Wish Field on Sunday afternoon. The women’s team opens a DePaul soccer doubleheader at 1 p.m. against Eastern Washington followed by the DePaul men’s team against Loyola-Chicago at 4 p.m.
Match Notes: Jennifer Dyer’s goal moved her into a tie for 10th all-time with Maria Martinez (1997) in career goals… it was her seventh career goal and first goal since scoring six as a freshman… Cara LaRocca's career-high 11 saves surpassed her previous best of eight saves at Purdue last season… DePaul is now 3-8-0 all-time in season-openers… Northwestern now leads the all-time series, 4-0-0… Friday’s match was the 190th game in program history.