Blue Demons Fall to Ramblers
CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to visiting Loyola-Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. It was the final non-conference game of the regular season for the Blue Demons and was a rescheduled match after Sunday’s original date was postponed because of lightning and heavy rain.
The two teams played even through early in the match before Loyola’s Jackie Vera broke free with just over 26 minutes left and dribbled around DePaul keeper Cara LaRocca. However, her shot from 20 yards rolled just wide of the right post to keep the match scoreless. On the Ramblers’ next possession, Julie Colhoff’s header from a corner kick hit the left post.
Jennifer Dyer returned the favor as Loyola keeper Emily Peick came out from the goal at the five-minute mark. After the ball squirted over to Dyer and she lofted a shot from 25 yards to the open goal, but the ball sailed just over the crossbar.
The first chance of the second half for the Ramblers came off the foot of Cnythia Morote-Ariza, but her point-blank attempt went directly to LaRocca for the save with 25 minutes left in regulation.
With 12 shots in the second half, Loyola (5-3-1) broke through in the 82nd minute when Katie Heidenreich scored the game’s only goal. She got free on the right side from a pass from Mary Dale and dribble into the upper right corner of the penalty box. Her liner went to the upper left corner over LaRocca at 81:12.
The Ramblers finished the afternoon with 20 shots while the Blue Demons were able to get off eight attempts. Loyola took 13 corner kicks compared to one for DePaul (3-4-1) with LaRocca finishing the match with seven saves.
DePaul returns to BIG EAST play this weekend with a road match at Louisville followed by a home game against Cincinnati. Kickoff on Sunday with the Bearcats is set for 1 p.m. at Wish Field.
Match Notes: DePaul has been shutout in back-to-back games for the first time this season… Cara LaRocca’s 67 saves through eight matches this season surpass her previous career total (61 saves/18 matches)… Loyola now leads the series, 5-1-1… Tuesday was the first meeting since a 1-0 Rambler win in 2001.