Blue Demons Fall on Senior Day
CHICAGO – A pair of Villanova goals in the span of just under two minutes was enough as the Wildcats posted a 2-1 decision over DePaul on Sunday at Wish Field. With the loss, the Blue Demons end their season in sixth place in the BIG EAST's Division B with the top five teams advancing to the league tournament next week.
The first half played even with the halftime score knotted at 0-0. Lauren Spacht provided DePaul's best attempt to in the 35th minute. Her shot from the middle of the penalty box went just wide of the left post off a pass from the right side.
DePaul (5-8-4, 3-5-3 BIG EAST) outshot Villanova, 14-12, including an 8-7 advantage in the first half.
Villanova (10-4-4, 6-1-3 BIG EAST) opened the second half with a shot by Nikki Mabery from just outside the box on the left side. Cara LaRocca deflected the shot and it went off the right post just over a minute into the second period.
The Blue Demons broke through in the 60th minute when a pair of seniors got together in their final match at Wish Field. Julianne Sitch served the ball into the box from the right sideline where Margo Sackmaster headed it in to the lower right corner. Sackmaster’s third goal of the season came at 59:25 for the 1-0 DePaul advantage.
Katie Kiene's bid for a second DePaul goal hit the crossbar just over eight minutes left. On the following possession by Villanova, the visitors set up a corner kick opportunity by Kayce Blandford. On Blandford's serve into the box, LaRocca attempted to punch the ball out, but deflected it into the net to tie the match at 82:47.
Villanova didn't waste any time in taking the lead as Mabery sent a hard liner to the upper right corner to beat LaRocca at 84:15. Ali Foley set up the score as she found Mabery alone at the top of penalty box.
The Wildcats held off the Blue Demons over the final six minutes to preserve the win. LaRocca finished the match with seven saves while Villanova's Jillian Loyden totaled two stops.