Goal in 85th Minute Helps DePaul Tie Wildcats 1-1
Oct. 8, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A goal in the 85th minute by senior Matt Leinauer lifted DePaul into a 1-1 tie with Villanova in a BIG EAST men's soccer match played here on a warm and sunny afternoon at the Villanova Soccer Complex. The Wildcats are now 4-4-4 overall and 1-1-1 in the BIG EAST while their Red Division rivals, the Blue Demons, are now 4-6-2 overall, 1-1-1 within the BIG EAST.
"As far as our effort, I thought this was the most committed we have been to our approach in a while," said Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "We carried the play at times and created good chances. It's very tough to give up a goal late like that, though."
This began as a quiet match early with neither team launching much in the way of scoring chances through the first 35 minutes of play. But Villanova began to make a push in the final 10 minutes of the period and was rewarded with just over three minutes left on the first half scoreboard.
Villanova's Dylan Renna collected a ball just outside the right box near the Blue Demon goal. He slipped a pass to his teammate, freshman Hayden Harr, who had been inserted into the game just a few minutes earlier. Harr then surprised Blue Demon goalie Eric Sorby with a shot that slipped between the goalkeeper and the right post at 41:56.
"I saw the goalie cheat a little bit after Dylan got me the ball," noted Harr, who recorded his first college goal on the play. "I slid it inside the near post with my left foot."
Villanova took the one goal lead into halftime. The Wildcats owned a 7-4 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes.
The Wildcats seemed in full control for much of the second half, snuffing out Blue Demon bids before they reached the box. In the few instances when the Blue Demons made a strong bid, senior goalkeeper John Fogarty was there to make key saves, including a diving stop on DePaul's Antonio Aguilar in the 76th minute.
Junior Emerson Lawrence made a bid to extend the lead to two goals in the 81st minute with a low blast from 22 yards out but Sorby was well-positioned and made the stop.
The equalizer came when Aguilar dribbled inside the Villanova box, to the left of Fogarty in the 85th minute. The Wilcdat defense blocked Aguilar's attempted shot and the ball rolled out to near the top of the box, where Leinauer collected it and sent a low shot along the ground that found its way into the net at 84:28 to knot the contest at one.
There were few dangerous scoring opportunities in the two overtime sessions. The best came in the game's final 15 seconds, when Villanova freshman Oscar Umar struck a lofting ball that flew a foot above the crossbar.
The Wildcats owned a 25-15 edge in shots and had several near misses, including another from Umar in the second half. But the Blue Demons hung tough and earned a point.
"We had some chances to get the second goal and if we had been able to do that, it could have been a different story," Carlin stated. "We have to learn from this. It was a tough Big East game and we have another one coming up at Rutgers."
The Wildcats visit Rutgers at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.