Blue Demons Knock Off Eastern Washington
CHICAGO – Jennifer Dyer scored for the second straight game and Shannon Williams added her first collegiate goal to propel the DePaul women’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over visiting Eastern Washington on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Demons outshot the Eagles, 25-7, in the match played at Wish Field.
DePaul (1-1-0) created early opportunities as Alissa VonderHaar got off two of her team-high seven shots in the opening seven minutes. Eastern Washington (0-2-0) goalkeeper Tiera Como was busy all afternoon, recording a dozen saves while facing 25 Blue Demon shots and four DePaul corner kick opportunities.
Dyer scored her second goal of the season with the eventual game-winner in the 32nd minute. Tara Evangelist set up the play with a cross from the left side that Dyer one-timed into the right corner for her second score of the season.
Upon entering the match, Shannon Williams found herself all alone at the top of the penalty box. She shifted to her left with a pair of dribbles and fired a shot past a diving Como at 42:27.
The Blue Demons held a 12-2 shot advantage in the first half and a 13-5 margin in the second period. Despite not scoring in the second stanza, the Blue Demons created three corner kick chances and Como thwarted several scoring opportunities with an array of saves.
Dyer and Lauren Spacht finished the match with four shots each while goalkeeper Cara LaRocca picked up the shutout with five saves.
DePaul travels to Eastern Illinois and Drake next weekend for a pair of non-conference matches. The Blue Demons and Panthers tangle on Friday afternoon before DePaul travels to Des Moines, Iowa, for a Sunday afternoon game at Drake.
Match Notes: Jennifer Dyer moved into a tie for eight all-time with her eighth career goal… she is tied with Liz Gawne (1996-99) and Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman (2001-02)… the shutout for Cara LaRocca was the second of her career… over the last three-plus seasons, the Blue Demons are 18-8-1 at Wish Field… Sunday was the first meeting between the two schools… Eastern Washington was the first opponent the program has faced from the Big Sky Conference.