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Blue Demons Remain Unbeaten After Scoreless Tie With Toledo

CHICAGO - Erin Chastain didn't sound too happy Friday evening at Wish Field.

The DePaul women's soccer coach had just watched her team battle three-time Mid-American Conference champion Toledo to a double-overtime scoreless standstill, but the Blue Demon coach expected more.

``I thought we lacked a little energy, and that hurt us,'' Chastain said. ``On the attacking end, I thought we made too many passes and didn't take enough chances.

``At times, we should have held on and looked to take it off the dribble. I don't think either team created opportunities to score a goal.''

Chastain did admit that her players picked up the pace somewhat in the second half. And although she sounded a little disappointed, the Blue Demons did dominate the stat sheet.

DePaul (2-0-1) outshot Toledo 11-3 and had six shots on goal to one for the Rockets. Toledo goalkeeper Vicki Traven helped to keep her team in the game with six saves. DePaul goalie Claire Hanold had one save. Toledo is now 1-0-1.

``Our back line played well and made the plays when they had to,'' Chastain said. ``But overall, I thought we were average, at best. We lacked composure.''

This was quite a contrast to the first two games when the Blue Demons scored seven goals in victories over Loyola and Northwestern.

``We had a little bit of a letdown,'' Chastain said. ``It's because we're still a young team (three freshmen and two sophomores started on Friday), and we still have to find our consistency.''

Chastain realizes the Blue Demons must raise the level of their play on Sunday when they visit Missouri---ranked No. 11 in the nation by Soccer America.

``We're going to play a tough Missouri team that has a winning tradition and is very seasoned,'' Chastain said.

NOTES: Tara Strickland, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, failed to score a goal for the first time this season... the Blue Demons remain tough in overtime. They are 5-0-9 when extended beyond regulation time, and they haven't lost in overtime since a 2-1 defeat to Western Michigan on Sept. 3, 2004... the last time DePaul was unbeaten after three games was 2001 when they opened the season 5-0... this was the first collegiate shutout for Hanold.