Sept. 22, 2013
CHICAGO – Gini Yost knows a little something about saving your best for last.
The DePaul freshman midfielder took her best shot in the 85th minute on Sunday, knocking it past stubborn Loyola goalkeeper Monica Gonyo for a 1-0 victory at Loyola Soccer Park.
Yost’s second goal of the season off a free kick from Rebekah Roller extended the Blue Demons’ undefeated streak to seven matches and gave the team its best start in program history.
“There were a bunch of people in front of the net on Roller’s free kick, and Loyola was keeping their line,” Yost said. “The ball came to me and I kicked it into the right post with my left foot.
“I was really excited because I didn’t want to play another overtime game again.”
After winning four in a row, DePaul (6-1-1) tied Green Bay 0-0 in double OT and beat Colgate 3-2 in overtime.
“We were getting good services from Roller on corner kicks and had some good chances---especially in the second half,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain about her team’s 10 shots on goal. “Their goalkeeper was making quick reaction saves and made six goal-scoring stops. She did a great job.
“There was a scrum in front of the net after the free kick and the ball was bouncing around. Gini was able to get on the end of it from about eight yards away.”
Loyola (3-4-3) had three shots on goal, two of which dangerous opportunities turned away by Blue Demon keeper Alejandria Godinez.
“We definitely created more chances,” Chastain said. “Our defense and especially Alex did a good job to keep the shutout.”
Yost felt honored to be on the team that has made history with the fast start.
“It’s really exciting,” Yost said. “Being a freshman, I’m learning so much from the upperclassmen who have shown me what DePaul soccer is all about. I look up to them so much.”
The Blue Demons open BIG EAST Conference play with a 2 p.m. match Thursday at No. 10/10 Georgetown.
NOTES: DePaul outshot Loyola 19-11 and had a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal… Ashleigh Goddard led the team with three shots and two on frame… Elise Wyatt and Nina Kodros each had three shots with one on goal… Roller, Yost and Amber Paul had two shots apiece with one on goal… Ana Greik, MaryKate Cicinelli and Rachel Pitman each had a shot on goal… Kodros, Yost, Wyatt, Pitman, Brianna Ryce, Paul, Kylie Nordness, Roller and Goddard played the entire 90 minutes.