Rutgers Tops DePaul
CHICAGO – A first-half goal by the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights proved to be the difference in a 1-0 decision over the DePaul Blue Demons on Friday afternoon. Kristen Edmonds headed in a rebound in the 25th minute for the lone score of the match as DePaul dropped their seventh straight game.
The first half played even with Rutgers (11-1-1, 5-0-1 BIG EAST) finding the net midway through the period. Edmonds headed in a rebound off a shot from Karla Schacher at 24:52 to give the Scarlet Knights the lead. It was her first goal of the season.
DePaul held a 7-6 advantage in shots in the first half while Rutgers attempts three corner kicks. The best chance for a DePaul goal in the first half came just after the Rutgers goal when Alissa VonderHaar’s shot from the top of the penalty box hit the crossbar. It bounced in front of the net where a Lauren Spacht’s attempt to knock the ball in was stopped by Rutgers keeper Erin Gunthrie.
Minutes into the second period, Rutgers nearly made the score 2-0 when Schacher’s shot hit crossbar and the Blue Demons defense cleared the threat.
Neither team was able to mount a clear scoring opportunity until a Kelly DeBaene header was just knocked offline by a diving Gunthrie with 25 minutes left in the second half. Eight minutes later, Rutgers’ Lauren Esposito hit the crossbar, and once again the DePaul defense was there to clear the ball.
DePaul (3-9-1, 0-6-0 BIG EAST) finished the match with 13 shots while the Scarlet Knights were able to get off 14 attempts. Cara LaRocca finished the afternoon with four saves while Gunthrie was credited with six stops.
The Blue Demons host Seton Hall in the final home match of the regular season. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and a pregame ceremony will honor the seven members of DePaul’s senior class.
Match Notes: Cara LaRocca surpassed the 100 save mark against the Scarlet Knights… she has totaled 102 saves in 13 matches this season… the loss was the seventh straight for DePaul… the Blue Demons have recorded at least 10 shots in three of the last four matches… the all-time series is now tied 1-1… DePaul claimed the first meeting last season with a 1-0 win in New Jersey.