Oct. 25, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - DePaul took control of the game with three second half goals within a 10 minute span and solidified their ticket to the BIG EAST Quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon with their first-ever victory over Villanova. Despite dominating nearly every statistical category, the Wildcats couldn't find the equalizers and concluded their 2012 season with a 3-0 loss at West Campus Soccer Complex.
The defeat ends Villanova's season at 7-9-3 overall and 5-4-1 in the conference while DePaul improves to 9-9-2 and 3-6-1 in the BIG EAST. The Blue Demons will advance to face No. 14 Georgetown on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C. Today's game marked the first postseason appearance for Villanova since the 2009 season.
Villanova nearly got the 1-0 lead in the second half in the 63rd minute after what appeared to be a Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) goal, but a late offsides call by the referees took back the Wildcat score. Following the call, the Blue Demon's began a hot streak that would change the remaining course of the contest.
Action continued in the 69th minute when DePaul's Elise Wyatt headed a feed from Ashleigh Goddard to place the ball just out of Villanova goalkeeper Jami Kranich's (Hamden, Conn.) reach to take the 1-0 lead. Less than seven minutes later, the Blue Demon duo duplicated their efforts for the second score of the game with a feed inside the Villanova box and finish to the near post.
The third and final goal of the contest came off a penalty kick in the 79th minute after the Wildcats were called for a takedown in the box. Kylie Nordness ratcheted the kick home to solidify the 3-0 victory.
With time winding down, Villanova had three corner kick opportunities in the final 11 minutes of the match and had several runs towards goal but weren't able to connect to get on the board. The Wildcats went on to outshoot the Blue Demons by a 13-5 margin in the second stanza and a 16-10 advantage for the game.
Freshman Emily Damstrom (Short Hills, N.J.) connected for a game-high five shots and three shots on goal while sophomore Stephanie Myers (Frisco, Texas) attempted two for the day. Six Wildcats took shots for the game while Kranich posted two saves in the defeat. DPU's Megan Pyrz was forced to make nine saves in the victory.
Thursday's contest marked the final collegiate games for Villanova seniors Alexa Carugati (Newtown, Pa.), Colleen Lineweaver (Alexandria, Va.), Kelsey Quinn (Mt. Airy, Md.) and Sabatura. The senior class was a part of 32 victories, helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and owned a record of 25-14-7 (.579) at home during their careers. As a group the four seniors amassed 25 goals and 29 assists and to this point have combined for 11 BIG EAST Academic All-Star honors. Additionally, Sabatura concludes her career tied for 1st place on the Villanova All-Time Assists list with 28 assists during her career and 7th on the All-Time Career Points list with 76 career points.