Blue Demons Top Marquette
CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s soccer team made a strong step forward in the race for the regular season Conference USA title with a 1-0 win over Marquette on Friday afternoon at Wish Field. Kelly DeBaene’s header off a corner kick from Erin Davren was the game-winner midway through the second half.
Marquette came out of the chutes quickly as the controlled the ball deep in DePaul’s half of the field during the first five minutes of play. Carolyn Klopp nearly put the Golden Eagles on the board when she hit the crossbar in the sixth minute just over the reach of DePaul keeper Lindsey Deason. The Blue Demons had a golden opportunity two minutes later as Julianne Sitch’s cross was just out of the reach of DeBaene.
Both teams settled down and played to a scoreless tie in the first 45 minutes. Marquette outshot DePaul, 8-5, over the first frame, but neither team could find the net.
In the second half, the DePaul (11-5-1, 6-2-1 C-USA) offense stepped up with seven attempts while the Golden Eagles managed just three shots. On a corner kick in the 67th minute Davren’s serve found DeBaene at the back post and she headed the ball past Marquette keeper Katie Bissen for the game-winner.
The goal by DeBaene was the first by the Blue Demons in eight matches against Marquette. Entering today’s match, the Golden Eagles had outscored DePaul, 26-0 in the previous seven meetings.
Deason finished the match with five saves while Bissen was credited with six stops. The Blue Demons took six corner kicks and Marquette (9-7-1, 6-3-0 C-USA) finished with three corners.
With the win, the Blue Demons remain the hunt for the regular-season title. With 13 points, DePaul leads the standings with five matches to be played on Friday night.
The 11th win by DePaul sets a new program record as does the sixth shutout by Deason.