August 29, 2012
DePaul falls to W. Illinois
CHICAGO - There was only one place where DePaul did not dominate Western Illinois on Wednesday at Wish Field-- the scoreboard where the Blue Demons fell short 2-1.
DePaul (1-1-0) outshot the Leathernecks 21-6 and had 11 corner kicks to just one for the visiting team. Western Illinois turned away eight shots while the Blue Demons had two saves.
"It was disappointing," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "We had some good opportunities and actually played better today than last week's win over Illinois-Chicago.
"We made some major improvements in the back and Western Illinois wasn't threatening. Statistically, we did as well as we could."
Western Illinois (1-2-0) scored 65 seconds into the match when an Austin Gochneaur shot hit the crossbar and bounced into the net.
But freshman Brian Hindle had an answer for that. Just five seconds after replacing Brian Schultz, Hindle tied the match up in the 29th minute with a deflection off his thigh for his first collegiate goal.
"I didn't have time to think---it was just a reaction goal," Hindle said. "David Selvaggi had a nice throw-in, Zach Forbes got a flick, and I tried to volley it before hitting it with my thigh.
"It felt amazing. Once I hit it, I knew the defender couldn't get to it and the shot was going in. I just wish we could've been successful and got the result."
Gochneaur's second goal was the difference-maker in the 69th minute on a rebound shot
The Blue Demons had two excellent chances in the second half to notch the tying goal. Austin Toth missed wide on a good look from 13 yards out and Antonio Aguilar was just wide on an attempt from 18 yards away.
"They had two of our best looks," Blazer said. "It's unfortunate they both missed the frame.
"Our team has a year of experience since last season and is mentally tougher. I like where we're at right now. We did a number of things well today.
"The next important thing is continue to play well and get the result on Saturday."
The Blue Demons face Western Michigan at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wish Field.