Blue Demons Top Central Michigan
CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s soccer team got back on track Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win over visiting Central Michigan. The Blue Demons outshot the visitors, 27-13, in the match.
DePaul (2-4-1) put together opportunities throughout the match. In the first half, the Blue Demons took 15 shots, forcing Central Michigan to make six saves. Two of the stops came as a Central Michigan defender had to clear the ball off the line.
The Blue Demons broke through just before halftime as Julianne Sitch connected with Katie Kiene. Kiene took Sitch’s pass on the right side of the penalty box and sent it past Central Michigan’s Kristen Hubright for the eventual game-winner at 40:29.
In the opening five minutes of the second half, Erin Walter’s bid for an insurance goal missed just wide of the right post off a nice feed from Lauren Spacht. On DePaul’s next possession, Jennifer Dyer’s attempt off a pass from Sitch was stopped by a diving Hubright.
Central Michigan (1-5-1) created some opportunities to tie the match with 10 minutes left in regulation, but the DePaul defense was there to shut down any opportunities. Sarah West and Cara LaRocca combined on the shutout with each keeper playing 45 minutes.
As the Chippewas pressed forward late in the match looking to tie the score, Alissa VonderHaar took advantage as she lofted a ball from 35 yards out over Hubright for the second Blue Demon goal at 89:54. It was VonderHaar first collegiate goal.
DePaul has won both games in the series between the two programs. A year ago, the Blue Demons posted a 3-0 decision at Central Michigan.
The Blue Demons host Louisville on Friday in BIG EAST action before going on the road for five straight games. Kickoff at Wish Field is set for 3 p.m.