Women's Soccer Tops Louisville
CHICAGO – Exactly 80 minutes after DePaul took their first lead of the match, Julianne Sitch’s header off a beautiful cross from Kami Conklin proved to be the game-winner in the 2-1 win over Louisville on Sunday afternoon. The win matches the single-season record for victories and moves the Blue Demons into the thick of the Conference USA race.
DePaul (10-5-1, 5-2-1 C-USA) opened the match with a textbook goal in the sixth minute. Sitch dribbled down the right side of the field and found Kelly DeBaene at the top of the penalty box. DeBaene took Sitch’s pass and set up Amy Witt on the left side who fired a shot into the upper right corner for her first goal of the season at 5:09.
Both teams settled down and the score remained 1-0 at intermission. In the first half, the Blue Demons took six shots compared three for Louisville (6-7-2, 1-5-1 C-USA). In the match, DePaul outshoot the Cardinals, 18-7.
Jamie Craft’s seventh goal of the year knotted the match at 1-1 in the 61st minute. She took advantage of a miscue by DePaul keeper Lindsey Deason and sent the ball to the back of the net at 60:56.
The Blue Demons didn’t let up as they peppered the Cardinal goal over the final 10 minutes of the match. DePaul broke through in the 86th minute as DeBaene found Conklin on the right sideline. Conklin lofted a serve in front of the goal as Sitch came streaking from the right side and put it past Louisville keeper Meredith Miller at 85:09. Of Sitch’s 11 goals this season, six have been game-winners.
The 10th win of the season for DePaul ties the single-season win record set last year. With three matches remaining in the regular season, the Blue Demons will look to break the team record. DePaul hosts Marquette on Friday, Oct. 24. Kickoff at Wish Field is set for 2 p.m.