Blue Demons and Bearcats Play to Scoreless Tie
CINCINNATI – With a combined 33 shots, neither the visiting DePaul Blue Demons nor the Cincinnati Bearcats could find the net in a 0-0 tie on Sunday afternoon. DePaul outshot the Bearcats, 19-14, but the one goal eluded them.
Of the 19 attempts for the Blue Demons, 12 shots were on goal as Cincinnati keeper Sherry Slye finished the afternoon with a dozen saves. Cara LaRocca and Sarah West split the goalkeeping duties for DePaul combining for four saves and the shutout.
DePaul (2-5-2, 0-2-1 BIG EAST) kept Slye busy in the second half as they outshot the Bearcats, 9-4. Slye accumulate five of her 12 saves in the second period.
Cincinnati (2-5-3, 0-2-1 BIG EAST) held a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks, but couldn’t generate any of the opportunities into goals.
Julianne Sitch led DePaul with four shots followed by Jennifer Dyer with three shots. Kate Norton had a team-high four attempts for the Bearcats. With just under two minutes left in regulation, Sitch broke away from the Cincinnati defense and fired a shot that Slye stopped to preserve the shutout and send the match to overtime.
The draw was the first in the all-time series between the two programs. The Bearcats now hold a 9-0-1 advantage against the Blue Demons. The overtime scoreless tie was the fifth in DePaul history and the first since a 0-0 draw at East Carolina on Oct. 27, 2002. All five of the scoreless matches have been on the road with 0-0 ties at Southern Miss and Memphis in 1998 and a tie at Loyola-Chicago in 1997.
The Blue Demons continue the five-match road swing next weekend at South Florida and Marquette. DePaul goes south to Tampa, Fla., to take on the Bulls on Friday night before the trip to Milwaukee for a Sunday afternoon game.