Blue Demons Complete Labor Day Weekend Sweep
Chicago -- The DePaul women's soccer team won for the second time in three days as they defeated Western Illinois, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Demons are off to their best start in the program's six-year history with a 2-0 record. Three different players scored as DePaul built a 2-0 lead in the first half and added a third goal midway through the second.
As they did against Indiana State, the Blue Demons put the pressure on early and Christy Young found the net at 18:20 for the first score of the match. A long pass from Amber Prindle to Colleen Ahearn set up the shot for Young. After receiving the ball in the right side of the penalty box, Young fired the ball into the right side of the net past Western Illinois goalkeeper Summer Perala.
The Blue Demons struck again 11 minutes later as freshman Kelly Kammer knocked in a rebound off a shot by Young. For Kammer, it was her first collegiate goal and Young was credited with her first assist of the season.
DePaul's third score of the match came via a penalty kick by Autumn Laidler in the 59th minute. After being taken down in the penalty box, Laidler calmly put the ball past Perala in the upper right corner.
Western Illinos threatened late in the match, but the deficit was too much too overcome. Rachel Lynde scored at 62:01 for the lone Westerwind goal.
DePaul goalkeeper Lindsey Deason tallied four saves in the match including a penalty kick shot by Western Illinois. In the two games this season, she has allowed just one goal while facing 16 shots.
The Blue Demons continue the four-game season-opening homestand next weekend. DePaul hosts Valparaiso on Friday, Sept. 7 and Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 9. Sunday's match will follow the home opener for the DePaul men's team against Detroit.