Blue Demons Begin Season with 2-0 Victory
CLEVELAND – The Erin Chastain era of DePaul women’s soccer started off with a 2-0 win over Ohio at the Cleveland State Fall Classic on Friday. The Blue Demons finish the tourney on Sunday against host Cleveland State. Callie Hemming and Shannon Williams found the net to lead the offensive attack.
The Blue Demons scored twice in a span of just over five minutes in the first half. Hemming’s first collegiate goal came at 18:56 on a header from an assist by Tiffany Jordan. Jordan’s serve into the box found a charging Hemming, who headed past Jess MacLean of Ohio.
DePaul (1-0-0) quickly added an insurance goal as Stefanie Foley set-up Williams. Williams beat Ohio’s back line and forced MacLean to come out of the net. She dribbled around the Ohio keeper and scored the game’s second goal at 23:48.
“We’re happy to start off our season with a win and to get two goals is great for us,” said Chastain. “We saw some good things out of our group. We’re happy we got to go deep into our roster and are looking forward to our match on Sunday.”
After the early goals, the Blue Demons were able to substitute freely as 17 players saw action on Friday. Brittni Lally logged all 90 minutes in goal for the Blue Demons while making five saves. Ohio (0-1-0) outshot DePaul, 8-5, in the match.
The Blue Demons conclude the CSU Fall Classic against the host Vikings on Sunday. Kickoff at Krenzler Field in Cleveland is set for 2 p.m. Cleveland State lost, 3-0, to St. Bonaventure in the second game on Friday afternoon.
Match Notes: Erin Chastain is the first coach in DePaul history to claim a victory in the first career match... both Laure Schingen and John Wilson lost their first matches on the Blue Demon sideline... the win ended a 12-match winless streak dating back to last season... it also halted a four-match losing streak... the Blue Demons won the first game of the season for the first time since a 3-0 victory at Central Michigan to start the 2004 campaign... DePaul is 4-8 all-time in season openers... Friday’s game was the first between the two programs.