August 19, 2012
PAYING THE PRICE
Early goal costs DePaul in 1-0 loss
DePaul paid the price for a slow start on Sunday.
Loyola Chicago scored in the 21st minute of its season opener and held on for a 1-0 victory over the Blue Demons at Wish Field.
Tricia Stonebreaker hit the winning shot from 12 yards out after a cross from Maggie Olsen.
"For us, this wasn't the start we were looking for," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "We didn't have a lot of energy, and it was clear to me that Loyola was fresh going in since they didn't play on Friday."
In the Blue Demons' season opener on Friday, Ashleigh Goddard scored in the first minute in launching her team to a 2-1 victory over Towson.
"We adjusted after 21 minutes, but we couldn't dig ourselves out of a hole," Chastian said. "You have to be ready for the Sunday game with more mental focus."
There were some opportunities for DePaul (1-1) to find the equalizer. In the 36th minute, Goddard had an open look 15 yards out from the left wing and fired it just wide of the far post.
In the 56th minute, Natasa Radosavljevic let one go from 18 yards away that sailed just over the crossbar. Earlier in the match, Radosavljevic had an opening from just inside the box but couldn't settle the ball down for a shot.
"We generated a couple of decent chances and didn't finish them," Chastain said. "Loyola wasn't super dangerous in the second half.
"We just weren't ready from the start. Credit Loyola, they had one good chance to score and they scored."
The Blue Demons will look to come charging out of the gate on Friday when they take on Ohio at Wish Field.