Sept. 29, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – DePaul’s offense couldn’t quite get untracked Sunday in a BIG EAST Conference match at Glay Field. The Blue Demons gave up an early goal in a 1-0 loss at Providence.
The setback snapped DePaul’s unbeaten streak of eight games that had lasted more than five weeks.
DePaul (6-2-2, 0-1-1 in the BIG EAST) was put on the defensive in the first half when Providence took the first eight shots of the match and had the first four shots on goal.
Catherine Zimmerman put the Friars on the scoreboard in the seventh minute, firing a shot into the left corner of the Blue Demon net after a cross from the right side from Lauren Elia.
DePaul didn’t launch its first shot until the 30th minute when Ashleigh Goddard’s attempt was turned away by Providence goalkeeper Jessica Goudreault.
“It took us the first half to adjust to a very uneven grass field with dirt boxes,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. “We trained on the bumpy surface yesterday. That field makes it difficult to connect passes.
“As a result, we had to play a style we’re not used to, and the game was very physical. Unfortunately while we were adjusting in the first half, we took a goal.”
Although Providence (4-4-3, 1-1-0) had a 9-3 advantage in shots at halftime, the Blue Demons had the final three shots on goal in the first half and the first three shots---including Amber Paul’s shot on goal---of the second half.
“We did better in the second half,” Chastain said. “From the end of the first half and in the second half, we had two or three good chances to score.”
The Blue Demons will look to get back on track Thursday when they take on Seton Hall in a 3 p.m. BIG EAST matchup at Wish Field.
NOTES: The last time DePaul was held without a goal was back on Sept. 11 when a nonconference match against Green Bay ended in a 0-0, double-overtime tie... the Blue Demons have scored in seven of their first 10 matches… Providence had an 11-8 edge in shots and 5-4 in shots on goal… Rebekah Roller had three shots with one on goal… Goddard and Paul each had a pair of shots with one on frame… Natasa Radosavljevic had a shot on goal… Nina Kodros, Rachel Pitman, Brianna Ryce, Kylie Nordness, Goddard, Gini Yost and Roller all played the entire 90 minutes.