DePaul Tops Northern Illinois
DeKALB, Ill. – For second time in three days, the DePaul women’s soccer team lit up the scoreboard with three goals. Following the 3-2 win over Southeast Missouri State on Friday, the Blue Demons tallied a 3-2 road victory at Northern Illinois on Sunday. Three different players found the net for the Blue Demons as all five goals in the match were scored in the first half.
Northern Illinois (1-3-2) scored first when Karen Enockson found the net for the fifth time this season. The Huskies early strike came at 5:45 when Enockson fired in a shot from 20 yards.
The Blue Demons took the lead with the next two goals of the match. Lauren Spacht scored in the 23rd minute on an assist by Lea Hill followed by a Stefanie Foley goal of the season at 33:42. Alissa VonderHaar was credited with the assist on Foley’s first goal of the season.
DePaul (3-2-1) held the lead until a flurry of goals at the end of the first half. Sara McClard tied the match at 43:52 before Kelly DeBaene knocked in the game-winner at 44:10. DeBaene’s blast from 30 yards out was her first goal of the season.
Neither team could find the net in the second half with the Huskies taking six shots to five for DePaul. In the match, Northern Illinois held a slim 16-15 advantage in shots.
Cara LaRocca finished the damp afternoon with eight saves. The junior goalkeeper has totaled at least eight saves in four of six matches this season.
DePaul begins BIG EAST play on Friday as Notre Dame visits Wish Field. The Blue Demons and Irish tangle at 4:30 p.m. following the DePaul men against Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. Sunday also features a DePaul soccer doubleheader with the men’s team hosting West Virginia at 12:30 p.m. and the women’s team playing Loyola-Chicago at 4 p.m.
Match Notes: The six goals scored in the last two games are the most in back-to-back games since seven goals in Oct. 2004… the Blue Demons posted a 3-0 win over TCU on Oct. 17 and a 4-0 victory against Cleveland State on Oct. 22… Lauren Spacht’s goal moved her into sole possession of second all-time with 15 career goals… Stefanie Foley’s goal was the first of her career… Cara LaRocca’s 50 saves this season (6 matches) are just 11 shy of her career total entering this season (18 matches)… Northern Illinois now leads the all-time series, 3-2… DePaul has won two of the last three meetings.